Beyond The River

Picture an area among mountains. A timeless river running in the middle, letting itself flow towards Aras. In a dry region, a climate borrowed from the Mediterranean, together with all its fertility. Place two villages on both sides of the river. Blended with the everyday whirl of women, men and children. Close your eyes and be a bird, spread your wings over the watercourse and, along with its tune, release yourself into the air. Carefree. Nature’s liveliness.

Picture an area among mountains. A river running in the middle. Two villages on its sides. Two communities, so close with similar longings, worries, doubts and yet so far away. Look at the river, look at Arpaçay/Ahuryan. Look at the long, long line it is drawing as its water touches earth. The Border. The Armenia – Turkey border. With a vague unease, the air is swinging anxiously, do you see?

This project was carried out in the villages of Bagaran and Halıkışlak that are situated on the opposite sides of Arpaçay/Ahuryan River, which forms the Armenia – Turkey border.