Presented across Canada, USA, and Armenia (2013-current)
Dear Armen centers the struggles & successes of queer, trans and gender nonconforming Armenians; exploring the intersections of identity, history, and cultural memory. By remembering Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer & survivor of the 20th century anti-Armenian pogroms, we bring to the fore an avant-garde Armenian figure who is too little discussed or remembered, and highlight the parallels that exist between her story and contemporary experiences. In so doing, this work hopes to break through memoricide, ensuring more of our cultural memories are passed down and used to help heal the intergenerational trauma left by genocide & displacement.
Special thanks to the Canada Arts Council, the BC Arts Council, and the province of British Columbia for supporting this project