Talking Back to the Surrounding Silence

Author: Hermine Virabian


Living in a patriarchal and militarized society, while personally rejecting the accepted social values, one burns to talk about other values and yet senses the ever-present threat of rejection. From these ideas was born 27-year-old Arpy Balyan’s “I Talk to You and You Don’t Hear Me”, an antimilitarist, feminist-inspired art project. It is a way to affirm her ideas and demonstrate that her thoughts remain unanswered within the society where she lives. Though she speaks out where others stay silent, she feels that she is not really heard.

October 2018, The 'Peace Builders'  edition