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Shahen Araboghlian

Beirut, Lebanon

Shahen Araboghlian

Management Assistant; Social Media Strategist

In my 20 years of life, I’ve come to realize that no culture should be left undiscovered and no country left unvisited. I’m particularly passionate about European/Eurasian linguistics and history, but living in a region like the Middle East, political and social consciousness is crucial. That is why studying at the Lebanese American University and Sciences Po Paris has been a blessing. Coordinating large-scale organizational tasks for projects, from Beirut to NYC, has helped me appreciate cross-cultural communication and dialogue, while representing certain entities at conferences in different regions has developed my management and research skills. Like any good millennial, I’ve grown up on Harry Potter books and Disney movies, and I still love them dearly! I enjoy wine-tasting and try to be as vegetarian as possible, but sometimes manti and kofte are way too hard to ditch!

H-Pem can be anything you'd like it to be. It can be an artistic alternative to LinkedIn; an Armenian version of BuzzFeed; a talent hub that could connect us outside of the vastly-scattered world of social media; and a place where we can establish everlasting ties with fellow Armos who live thousands of miles away through what we're best at: art, music, and uncovering hidden talents!

Shahen Araboghlian's articles

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Western Armenian haikus... wait, what?

February 21, 2021

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Western Armenian haikus... wait, what?

Born and bred in the American Midwest, inspired by Zahrad and pushed by Twitter, Garin Bedian (aka Angoghinian, get it?) published his first book of Western Armenian haikus titled "Հայերէն հայքու" ("Hayeren haiku" | "Armenian Haiku").

By Shahen Araboghlian

Paintings |  Lara Horoupian's flapping layers of shifting light

January 25, 2021

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Paintings | Lara Horoupian's flapping layers of shifting light

People usually view, watch, touch, and experience art for entertainment, a tingling of the senses, emotional connectivity, or to develop a deeper understanding of art. Not with Lara, an artist, whose shiny, luminous art is appreciated for its sunny palette.

By Shahen Araboghlian

Set design |  ‘Anush’ and ‘Cinderella’ are on stage for Laurie Mikaelian

June 26, 2020

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Set design | ‘Anush’ and ‘Cinderella’ are on stage for Laurie Mikaelian

Often overlooked, set and scenic design in films and theater play a vital role. So vital, in fact, that the prestigious annual Tony Awards has award categories for best scenic design. The award is split into two categories: Best Scenic Design in a Musical and Best Scenic Design in a Play. 
 

By Shahen Araboghlian

Armenian mythology: 6 ancient pagan gods we still love today

March 12, 2020

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Armenian mythology: 6 ancient pagan gods we still love today

As a kid, three VHS tapes I’d play over and over—to a point, where I had memorized every single word recorded: Disney’s “Aladdin,” the first “Harry Potter” movie (insert “Sorcerer’s” vs. “Philosopher’s” debate here) and, of course, the funky, gospel-soundtracked “Hercules.” 

You remember the lyrics: "Who put the 'glad' in 'gladiator?' HERC-U-LES! Whose daring deeds are great theater? HERC-U-LES!"

All 9-year-old geeks have obsessed over Greek mythology, Ancient Egyptian history, or dinosaurs and fossils at one point. My weakness: the false gods of Mount Olympia! We Armenians aren’t too different from the Greeks, from geopolitical oppression by neighboring empires, to heavy-liquor-and-folk-dance feasts, our histories often click in harmony. And that’s especially the case for our mythologies where our gods aren’t much different (or less extravagant!). Which gods are the most popular in Armenian mythology and what features make them our all-time-favorites? Read on to find out!
 

By Shahen Araboghlian

Illustrations | Norashkharh: Affirmations for a new world of hope, honesty, and empowerment

January 21, 2020

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Illustrations | Norashkharh: Affirmations for a new world of hope, honesty, and empowerment

In my capacity as h-pem's social media strategist, last April, I was given the task of finding Armenian graphic talent on social media platforms, specifically on Instagram. That’s around the time I came across Norashkhar—a նոր (nor | new) աշխարհ (ashkharh | world) of Armenian graphic design and typography. And right away, I was hooked...

If you’re on Instagram and follow Armenian art accounts, you’ve surely come across Norashkharh. But unlike most other accounts, this one exudes determination and dedication beyond the boundaries of creative blocks and patience—all behind the scenes. Read on to find out more about this dynamic duo...

By Shahen Araboghlian

'Inch G'ella': Collectif Medz Bazar is changing the tune of despair, that's what!

December 13, 2019

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'Inch G'ella': Collectif Medz Bazar is changing the tune of despair, that's what!

Stomp your feet to this latest Collectif Medz Bazar tune, full of raging emotional envy and a continuous pumping beat—a reflection of uncompensated affection (sans-melancholy). Directed and edited by the colorful genius behind their extravagant "Poshmanella" video, Samuel Buton, and shot at the New Morning in Paris, the “Inch G'ella” music video perfectly presents the second single from their third studio album, “O”—another collection of multilingual indie-folk-experimental hits from the eclectic group.

By Shahen Araboghlian

Meet the young Armenian artists of Lebanon

September 13, 2019

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Meet the young Armenian artists of Lebanon

To bring something into existence is to create—and “creativity takes courage.”

World-renowned French painter Henri Matisse was not wrong when he said these words. Youth are often not given the chance (or the encouragement) in the world of scribbling and sketching. The situation is not too different in the capital of Lebanon, where the Armenian youth of Beirut are often required to get into the more “serious” fields of study. 

On Sept. 5, the Hamazkayin Lucy Tutunjian Art Gallery held the opening of their first “Collective Exhibition of Young Artists,” a long-overdue and most welcomed event.  

We at h-pem make it one of our top priorities to ensure that Armenian artists from all around the globe get the exposure they deserve on our platforms. That is why we went ahead and asked the Beirut exhibition participants three simple questions. Through their answers, we present you the 10 young artists who got the opportunity to display and sell their art at the gallery.

By Shahen Araboghlian

Design | Rita Deek appreciates her roots

June 13, 2019

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Design | Rita Deek appreciates her roots

As someone who has often questioned the “authenticity” of her Armenian identity, Rita Deek has proven to be among the most innovative entrepreneurial Beirut-based artists inspired by Armenian art and culture today.

By Shahen Araboghlian

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