[stop-motion, road-trip, 360º]
The objective of the Ararat / Ağri Daği [Armenian / Turkish] project is to travel across the countries situated around Mount Ararat creating series of photographic works and a collection of memorabilia focused on showing the mountain as a real, symbolic and iconic element.
Not only is the symbolic value of the Mountain for the Christian and Islamic religions remarkable, so is its use as the icon of Armenia (although the mountain is in Turkey). As the result of this use, it is possible to find iconography of the mountain all around Armenia and in the Armenian diaspora communities. It is one of the few examples of this nature in the world and can be compared with the representation of the Mountain Fuji in Japan.
Because of the political complexity of this project, the aim is to create neutral portrayals of the mountain using points of view that allows the public to question the political issues. In this sense, besides of showing the icon and symbol, the project shows the Ararat as it is physically: a volcano formed from lava flows and ejections of pyroclastic materials.