Manhood in Armenia
Relevance of sports in Armenian society
In 2018, I started to photograph sport trainings and competitions all around Armenia. I focused on the most traditional and popular post-soviet sports such as wrestling, weightlifting and gymnastics. My goal was to visualize the obsession of Armenian sportsmen.
Sports offer the chance to break out from poverty for the impoverished living on the periphery of society. Sport victories can truly represent the power of a nation’s identity especially for such a poor and isolated country like Armenia. Unfortunately, infrastructure and training methods have not changed since the Soviet era; yet children and coaches remain highly optimistic and continue fighting for success. The winner takes it all – personal and material success, social respect, and most of all, glory for the nation of Armenia.
This project follows the importance of sports in Armenian Youth culture, although also approaches themes like Manhood and the place of Man in Armenian society. Since the 2018 Armenian Velvet Revolution, youth in this country has taken a strong place in their society, creating great changes in the country’s structure. Armenian man must be strong, commited, respectful and persistent during the whole life path from child to man. Sport has become a major source of representing strong positions in such society.
You can find more information and pictures about the project in the following pdf:
This project was supported by Hungarian Cultural Fund.