Nazik Armenakyan Nazik Armenakyan

Nazik Armenakyan was born in 1976. She has been working as a photojournalist since 2002. Her photojournalistic experience includes working for Armenpress news agency, Yerevan magazine, and Forum magazine. She has done freelance work for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reuters. Nazik currently works as a photojournalist with ArmeniaNow.com In 2004-2005 she studied in a photojournalism course organized by the Caucasus Institute and World Press Photo in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2007, she began to have an interest in doing long-term documentary projects, and in 2009, she won the Grand Prix award and first place in the "People and Faces" category in the Karl Bulla International Photo Contest in Russia for her first long-term photo project “Survivors,” a series portraits of survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey. In 2011, Nazik was awarded a Magnum Foundation Human Rights & Photography Fellowship to study at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In the same year, she received a Documentary Photography Production grant from the Open Society Foundations. Nazik has participated in several projects and exhibitions. She is one of the founders of the 4 Plus Documentary Photography Center, which aims to develop Armenian documentary photography in Armenia.

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Women Who Have Lost in Armenia
Tavush, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Mar 2013

Although the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in 1994, peace didn't come with it. Ceasefire violations along the border are nearly an everyday reality in Armenia.

Unemployment and poverty, which affects more than one third of Armenia's male population in border cities and villages, has forced them to still risk their lives serving in the military as contractors after they fulfilled their mandatory service.

This multimedia piece features women who have lost their husbands and sons during ceasefire violations. These widows are now forced continue living their daily lives andtake care of their families alone.

On June 18, 2008, two residents of the Armenian village of Chinari (Tavoush) were killed by an Azerbaijani sniper. Twenty year-old Levon Petrosyan died from his wounds. When fifty year-old Rafik Saghoyan went to help Levon, he too was struck down.

On April 27, 2012 three Armenian soldiers were killed during clashes with an Azerbaijani military unit that had infiltrated the border of Tavoush Province. The soldiers who died defending the border were Arshak Nersisyan, Davit Abgaryan and Aram Yesayan.

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Transgenders (1 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
15 Oct 2011

Layma thinks that being a transgender is like putting a stamp of loneliness on yourself.

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Transgenders (2 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
26 Nov 2010

Despite numerous incidents of discrimination and harassment, the park next to Yerevan City Hall remains the only place where transgender sex workers can work openly.

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Transgenders (3 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
26 Nov 2010

Lorena, in the park where transgenders work at night.

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Transgenders (5 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
07 May 2010

Vika, 21, is from Abovyan City. She lives with other transgender women in an apartment in Yerevan. She has been working as a sex worker for 2 years, but her family doesn’t know what she does.

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Transgenders (6 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
12 Dec 2011

Lyalya, 45, is bisexual. During private events, he likes to dress up in women’s clothing.

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Transgenders (7 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2011

Maga.19,is from Echmiadzin (Armavir region). She is working as a hairdresser in her city during the day and as a sex worker at night in Yerevan (capital of Armenia).

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Transgenders (8 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
25 Mar 2011

Layma, 30, many of transgendered sex workers lived or live in Layma's apartment. She is working as a sex worker but dreams of having another job.

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Transgenders (9 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
16 Feb 2011

Sometimes Lorena is dancing at the strip club with female dancers.

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Transgenders (10 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
10 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgenders (11 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
10 May 2010

Vika, 21, is from Abovyan city. She lives with other transgender women in an apartment in Yerevan. She has been working as a sex worker for 2 years, but her family doesn’t know what she does.

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Transgenders (12 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
13 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgenders (13 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2011

Lorena-Madonna, 25, grew up in an orphanage. She was sexually abused as a child. It’s been 6 years since she’s been working in the sex trade.

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Transgenders (14 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
07 May 2010

Lorena-Madonna, 25, grew up in an orphanage. She was sexually abused as a child. It’s been 6 years since she’s been working in the sex trade.

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Transgenders (15 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
17 Feb 2011

Sometimes Lorena dances at the strip club with female dancers.

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Transgenders (16 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgenders (17 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
25 Mar 2011

Layma, 30. Many of the transgender sex workers lived or live in Layma's apartment. She is working as a sex worker but dreams of having another job.

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Between the two stones (1 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Dec 2012

Iraqi Armenians have difficulty adjusting to the nature that surrounds them.

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Between the two stones (3 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

An object from Iraq to remind them of their former life.

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Between the two stones (4 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

Nshan Feras Soman, 39, lives alone with a little dog .He is very hardworking, he works for $3 per day with cattle.

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Between the two stones (5 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2011

Minas and Maral are twins. When they first came, they had a lot of problems in school. Many pupils called them "Iraqian."

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Between the two stones (6 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Dec 2012

Iraqi Armenians have created a small Baghdad in their apartments, with mementos of photographs and other items brought from their former homes in Iraq. They often spend their time watching news or soaps from their native land on cable TV.

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Between the two stones (7 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2011

Afther all conflict tenses Garnik Barsegh (60) left his house and shops and then in Armenia he have lost his foot during the work. Although he became footless he continue living and enjoying with small pieces that his wife keeps bringing from Iraq.

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Between the two stones (8 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2011

Afther all conflict tenses Garnik Barsegh (60) left his house and shops and then in Armenia he have lost his foot during the work. Although he became footless he continue living and enjoying with small pieces that his wife keeps bringing from Iraq.

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Between the two stones (9 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

They can’t get used to the nature that surrounds them.

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Between the two stones (10 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
02 Apr 2011

Many Iraqi Armenians haven't got a job because they can't find it in Darbnik. Working in the Yerevan capital of Armenia requires payment for transportation two ways, which is inconvenient and financially difficult.

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Between the two stones (13 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
16 Apr 2011

Iraqi Armenian boys play with Darbnik's native children.

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Between the two stones (14 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
16 Apr 2011

Around 16 families of Iraqi-Armenians live in Darbnik's former agricultural college

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Between the two stones (15 of 15)
Darbnik, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
22 Feb 2012

In the quiet Darbnik village, 90 percent of the population are refugees .