Writes Andronicou in his Artist Statement, “Artsakh roughly means garden and it is the Armenian name given to a stunning mountainous territory known today as Nagorno-Karabakh. The territory is currently controlled by the de-facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and it is essentially an Armenian-majority enclave within modern-day Azerbaijan.”
“Clashes between the Armenian and Azerbaijani population reached their peak with an all-out war between Armenia, Armenian separatists from Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in 1992, following the USSR’s collapse. The war left an estimated 30,000 people dead and approximately 800,000 refugees from both sides. Despite a 20-year ceasefire, the 240km frontline between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan is a heavily militarized border where clash and diversion incidents occur almost daily. Against many odds, today’s Armenian-majority population in Nagorno-Karabakh continues to strive for either unification with ‘mother Armenia’ or for an international recognition status.”
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