Introducing h-pem to the worldPhoto credit: Norayr Kasper, "Residues of a Slogan." Fotoistanbul 2015.
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Vocalist, Garabala (folk acoustic band)
Swimming in the worlds of psychology and education, I’ve always had a soft spot for identity, culture, and cross-cultural differences. I grew up trying to understand what makes a person and consequently what makes a person “Armenian.” I've always been fascinated by wellness and the psychology of education, particularly implicit teaching or the “hidden curriculum” that forms individuals. This led me to pursue a career in educational psychology and school counseling. When I’m not using my voice in the world of education or counseling, I use it in the world of music as the vocalist of Garabala (Beirut-based Armenian folk acoustic band) to tame another obsession of mine! Quality music, new countries, good books, and dark humor always manage to tickle my senses. "Procaffeinating" is a guilty pleasure of mine and I never say no to dark chocolate!
H-Pem is a transition from the psychology of preserving to a psychology of creating—where the Armenian identity is not only "what once was" but also "what can be,"—a tool for cultural growth, rejuvenation, and activism.
Parev! I’m Arpy, but some know me as Karagusi. My first language is Armenian and my second is Architecture. I love games, puzzles, riddles—basically anything that challenges my mind. If I’m not designing, you will probably find me talking about it; and if I’m not talking about it, then I’m definitely thinking about it! Thinking about design alone makes me go through multiple existential crises a day; I’m going through one while writing this: Like, do you think h-pem would let me choose what font my bio appears in?
I’m currently completing my Master of Architecture in Toronto. Besides architecture, I find joy in painting and graphic design, particularly around the subject of culture. Within the Armenian Diaspora, there’s a looming fear amongst each coming generation that the Armenian culture will be lost, beginning with the dissolution of the mother tongue. As a response to this struggle, I often find myself constructing art with the use of the Armenian alphabet repeated many times over.
H-Pem is a community of the cool and the creative. Breaking the rules is encouraged.
TV/Film Major; Photographer
That’s me immersing myself in music, playing the Armenian shvi and harmonica, drawing, taking photographs, folk dancing (especially the “Yarkhushta”!), scouting, and organizing cultural events. I also have a couple of other obsessions, including managing several social media accounts at the same time!
Though it feels as though I graduated Djemaran (Hamazkayin’s Armenian Lyceum of Beirut) just yesterday, I will soon complete my BA in TV/Film at the Lebanese American University. My biggest (and almost only!) achievement so far has been a short video tackling the issue of violence against women. It won first prize in the competition organized by IWSAW. I was also the Director of Photography of Samer Beyhume’s “Maram,” a film about a refugee girl selling flowers in the streets. It participated in some 30 international festivals and won Best Documentary awards.
Fighting for freedom, equality, human rights (especially rights of minorities, oppressed peoples, and the poor and marginalized) and being proactive in helping the needy are my focus. My dream is to become a cinematographer and director contributing to efforts for achieving social change, both in Armenian and international contexts.
What do I love about h-pem? It will connect the Armenian youth of the diaspora and Armenia; it will give a chance to aspiring artists to present and promote their work; and through collaborations, it will encourage Armenian institutions and artists to join forces and promote Armenian culture. I believe in h-pem's mission.
I am the great-grandson of a pandukht (sojourner) trying to find my way home. Living outside of our homeland has made me conscious of the difficulties of maintaining a culture and helping it flourish in foreign lands. I grew up in the Midwest of the United States and I have always worked hard to keep Armenian as my primary language despite the dominating presence of English in our day-to-day lives. I'm always doing my best to incorporate Armenian into my conversations, even if it’s just making a “bad language pun” (վատ «բան» մը... See what I did there?).
I went to university and obtained a degree in computer science because I heard you could work remotely and thought: How great it will be to live in Armenia one day while working in the U.S.?
My pleasures in life include reading Zartonk-era poetry, old issues of Armenian newspapers, and traveling to different Armenian communities around the world. Armenian communities are so similar yet so diverse and h-pem will serve to highlight the breadth of our culture.
H-Pem is a means for resisting the perils of assimilation in the 21st century. Through this virtual platform, we can expand our understanding of and relationship with Armenian culture and move beyond mere preservation. H-Pem can be a place where we can further the reaches of our culture and allow it to thrive.