In times of instability, all you can hold on to is tastes and smells. Their stable presence may distract people from the damage of losing their homes, their jobs, their political freedom. Familiar tastes and smells make you suffer less because you feel in the comfort zone like nothing has changed.
Sweet buns and pakhlava, bittersweet memories in a time of change
Lost territory, lives, and cultural heritage; disturbances that can be traced all over the world and cannot yet be processed by our country. Maybe that is one of the reasons we fear changing anything perceived as part of our heritage; one of the reasons our free spirits clash with a wall of standards and traditions, which, once upon a time, were just experiments.
Taboos and breakthroughs
Pedophile clerics. Russian threats. Ineffective Western diplomacy. Education and equal rights for women. Most people are used to reading reports on all these topics in the media today. But few are aware that artists in the South Caucasus were addressing these issues on the pages of satirical magazines a century ago.
Between satire and censorship: Political cartoons in the South Caucasus
“You know, I am not a model? I am a grandma.” she noted, giggling as she works. “Just a grandma...that is not a big deal. We all get there. ”
But somehow, in the past decade, Grandma Red has become a big deal—well, at least well known. People as far away as Yerevan come to buy her candles, which they say bring luck.
Searching for luck: Miss Red and her amulets
After my second week in quarantine, when I started receiving more and more calls filled with existential crises, I realized that my own crisis was not far off. I decided that it was time to find some inspiration by speaking with artists. How have they managed to stay motivated and true to their craft in the face of so many challenges?
From quarantine, with love
An essay about apathy, mistrust and conspiracy