Some of artist Nina Katchadourian's "Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style" / image via

Some of artist Nina Katchadourian's "Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style" / image via

News and Views (Apr 9, 2012)

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News & Views is a weekly summary of some of the week’s most important stories, links and material of interest to Ararat readers.

— According to, there are 16 Armenian secondary schools in Turkey with 3,070 Armenian students.

—Slovakia is following France’s lead in proposing the criminalization of Armenian Genocide denial and Turkey isn’t happy.

— Six historic graveyards were returned to Istanbul’s Jewish, Greek and Armenian communities last week.

Mother Jones magazine has a photo essay on “The Unrecognized Islands of the Caucasus.” It features the photography of Karen Mirzoyan.

— This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. What many Armenians may not know is that a number of the survivors were Armenian, including Neshan Krekorian and Davit Vartanian.

— The drama of the Gerard Cafesjian v John Waters court case continues. This time Cafesjian is accusing the former Cafesjian “family office” employee of allegedly embezzling almost $3 million.

—Professor Taner Akçam will discuss his latest book, The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: the Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire, on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 2 pm at the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) in Watertown, Massachusetts.  Akçam introduces more than 600 pieces of evidence that demonstrate in unprecedented detail that the Armenian Genocide resulted from an official effort to engage to rid the Turkish Empire of its Christian subjects.

— The managing director of the National Iranian Oil Products Company states that Armenia has expressed interest in importing oil products from Iran.

— This week, American artist Nina Katchadourian’s airplane “lavatory” portraits have been ricocheting around the internet. These delightful works created during long trips to New Zealand features the New York-based artist in traditional European poses and styles. She explains how the series came about on her website:

While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture. I decided to add more images made in this mode and planned to take advantage of a long-haul flight from San Francisco to Auckland, guessing that there were likely to be long periods of time when no one was using the lavatory on the 14-hour flight. I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.

—  Easter may have passed but if you need to get ready for next year, here’s a helpful guide on “How to win an Armenian-style Easter egg fight

—  And finally, in the most bizarre Armenian-related “news,” Kim Kardashian is using the defense of being “hairy and Armenian” as a defense in an absurd hair removal product trial.

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News & Views is published every week. It is a summary of the week’s most interesting, provocatiove and thought-provoking links to articles, videos, photos and commentary of interest to the readers of Ararat.


  1. Mari Hazarvart D'Agostino says:

    I am looking forward to reading your magazine about Armenia. Thank you.