The Araks river laps Armenia’s southern border with Iran, flowing along a heavily patrolled fence. Growing up, Samvel Davtyan longed for a plunge into those waters flowing so close he could almost dip his feet -- just almost.
The River Behind the Fence
The Kura-Araks watershed has united individuals living across the South Caucasus for centuries, providing a lifeline to communities on either side of human borders. However, the interests of each nation often clash, leaving many issues, like water contamination, unaddressed. Neglected, daily life grows bleaker by the day for those whose livelihoods depend on the waters. This story follows the visual connections between the lives of those living along both rivers, documenting their struggle and resilience.