Lest We Perish: Aren
The pieces where inspired by the efforts of The Near East Foundation who provided humanitarian assistance in the United States in response to the Armenian Genocide. The organization helped to save more than one million lives. They ran a campaign with beautifully illustrated posters of Armenians and each had the slogan "Lest We Perish". They put a face to the struggle that our people were going through and that resulted in overwhelming support by ordinary people. Now when facing the same threat, we did over 100 years ago my mind went to those amazing posters and thought to reintroduce them in a way and style that would be relevant now. My goal was to also to put a face to our struggle, to educate and hopefully garner support. This piece called "Aren”, shows images from 1915 and the stress war causes on our youth. It was also to show that this is a generational struggle, it’s a burden that we pass along in our fight for recognition. We have been fighting the same fight for 105 years.20x30 inches. Digital print on stretched canvas.
20x30 inches. Digital print on stretched canvas.
Limited Edition of 100. Signed and numbered by Steve Altan.
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