Media Fest: Edition III

The third edition of EVN Media Festival that took place in May 2024, featured an impressive lineup of distinguished journalists, innovators and scholars. However, beyond sharing journalistic expertise, the festival was a celebration of the power of media to shape narratives and ignite change.

This edition of our magazine features some of the exhibitions that were on display during the EVN Media Fest, the podcasts that we recorded with the audience about the turbulence felt by the individuals living through transitional and fateful times, and last but not least, this issue will feature some of the panel discussions that looked into the prospects of national security and capacity building, talked about visualizing realities and the creative aspects of storytelling and up close and personal discussions with journalists like Jon Lee Anderson and Ben Mauk, artists like Michael Goorjian and Molly Crabapple.

 

The Voice of the Witness

When we record history, we typically do so chronologically, documenting facts and events, capturing footage, etc. In the process, the human voice often gets lost. It is the voice of the witness of the times that this podcast aims to capture and archive, preserving their experiences and perspectives.

Anatomy of a Protest

The oeuvre of photographer Avetik Hovhannisyan (1960-1988) is unknown to the wider public, yet Hovhannisyan’s first exhibition, curated by Vigen Galstyan for the EVN Media Festival, revealed the remarkable documentary significance of his tragically short-lived career. With the onset of “Perestroika” and the Karabakh Freedom Movement, the young photographer was on the streets of Yerevan everyday. His extensive archive consists of over a thousand negatives and prints depicting this tumultuous period in Soviet and Armenian history.

Archive-mine

An homage to the rich, yet overlooked history of Armenian editorial illustrations, the “Archive-mine” exhibition, curated by Shamiram Khachatryan & EVN Report and on display during the EVN Media Festival this year, revealed works published in more than a dozen different Armenian periodicals in the last century, from Cairo to Istanbul, London to Tehran, Tbilisi and Yerevan. They are a testament to not only the role of the media to hold up a mirror to its readers but of the media’s innate predisposition to witness and relay its own times.