By Gayane Danielian and Harry Tamrazian in Yerevan
The US Embassy in Yerevan and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs of the U.S. State Department organized a photo exhibition in Yerevan to present the real images of the September 11 catastrophic destruction and the human dimension of the recovery effort to the Armenian public.
The Exhibition called "After September 11: Images From Ground Zero"
features breathtaking photos of the 9/11 attack and the massive recovery efforts in lower Manhattan known to the world as "ground zero", authored by an award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz. The renowned artist was the only photographer who was granted exclusive access to "ground zero" since September 13, 2001.
On Monday, the Armenian ministry of culture hosted the collection of 28 9/11 images selected by U.S. State Department for a worldwide exhibition-tour. "The aim of this exhibition is to condemn the violence. By hosting the exhibition in Armenia, the Armenian people expressed solidarity with the American people condemning at the same time the violence in our region" Deputy Minister of Culture Karen Aristakesian said.
"When you watch these photo images, you feel the horror, pain and
the tragedy of the attack. The terror was a challenge to the whole world, it was not directed against one nation, the whole humanity was the main target of this attacks", the director of the "Cultural Benevolent Fund", Samvel Mesropian said. The Fund is one of the sponsoring organizations of the US photo exhibition in Armenia.
The exhibition was already shown in many cities around the world,
including Paris, London, Moscow, Istanbul, Taskhent and Baku. Armenians will have a chance to see what Joel Meyerowitz described as his photo documentary, "the awesome spectacle of destruction; the reverence for the dead; the steadfast, painstaking effort of recovery; the life of those whose act of salvation has embedded itself deeply into the consciousness of all of us in America and around the world."