Paging through Photos and Songs: Hayganush Mark and Koharig Ghazarosian’s Friendship in Post-Genocide Istanbul

April 20, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

In this event, Dr. Lerna Ekmekcioglu (MIT) and Dr. Melissa Bilal (UCLA) will follow the story of a friendship between two Armenian women in Istanbul that endured the hardships of WWI, the Armenian Genocide, and early republican Turkey’s repressive minority politics. Hayganush Mark was the leading Armenian feminist writer of her time and Koharig Ghazarosian was a prominent composer, concert pianist, and piano teacher active in Paris and Istanbul. Their intertwined lives can be traced in photographs, letters, and pages of sheet music. Internationally acclaimed actress, filmmaker, and writer Nora Armani, mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen of the Vem Ensemble, and internationally renowned pianist Steven Vanhauwaert performed and recorded Ghazarosian’s song settings of Mark’s poetry to be premiered at this event. Through this repertoire which was brought back to life as a part of their ongoing project Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology and Digital Archive, Bilal and Ekmekcioglu will discuss the ruptures and continuities in Armenian community life in Turkey. This event is organized by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law and UCLA Promise Armenian Institute in partnership with UCLA Armenian Music Program under the direction of Movses Pogossian. 


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Co-sponsored by the UCLA Armenian Music Program at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of MusicUCLA Center for the Study of WomenUCLA Center for Near Eastern StudiesUCLA Armenian Law Students AssociationUCLA Department of Gender Studies, Armenian Museum of America, Society for Armenian StudiesNational Association for Armenian Studies and Research