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ANJAR 1939-2019: A FILM, A BOOK by Hossep Baboyan and Vartivar Jaklian

  • Nevarte Gulbenkian Hall Iverna Gardens London, England, W8 6TP United Kingdom (map)

This is a project on Anjar, a small town of several thousand inhabitants which is located in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon. Anjar was conceived, designed and initial construction started in a very short time between the end of the 1930s and the beginning of the 1940s. Its population of Armenian majority, survivors of the Armenian Genocide originally from Musa Dagh — in present-day Turkey — built Anjar from scratch.

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In collaboration with Anjar City Municipality, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, the Centro Studi e Documentazione della Cultura Armena, we are developing a documentary project on Anjar. Our aim is to create a documentary film and a book about its urban planning and architectural heritage. The film will be the outcome of editing several hours of footage taken over the past years. The book, on the other hand, will include over one hundred photographs, documenting the architecture of Anjar as well as many essays and drawings. This is an ambitious project unique not only for Anjar; few film-makers and photographers conceive such projects together at an early stage giving life to a multi-disciplinary documentary work, vast and complete in its genre. 

 The presentation will include a preview of the photographs to be exhibited in Anjar in September 2019 as well as an excerpt of the film. 

Admission: £5 to include a wine reception

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Hossep Baboyan

Architect and film-maker, Baboyan was trained in Architecture and Fine Arts at the Institut des Beaux Arts in Beirut. He subsequently moved to Venice to continue his studies in architecture at IUAV Università where he specialised in documentary film-making under Professor Marco Bertozzi. Over the years he collaborated with Latcol Associates on several urban projects. He co-directed a film on Beverly Barkat and is currently working on the film about Anjar’s architecture and urban heritage. 

Vartivar Jaklian

Architect and architectural photographer, Jaklian was trained as an at IUAV Università in Venice. In 2005 he started his practice with Professor M Carapetian co-founding Latcol Associates and in 2012 founded the architectural practice vartivarjaklian AAP. His interests include studies in urban analysis and architecture.