Ara Oshagan
Ara Oshagan

LiveZEKE is a new way to experience documentary photography, combining live video conferencing and traditional documentary practice.

LiveZEKE, for the first time, will bring the subjects of a documentary into direct live conversation with audiences through video conferencing. This first presentation of LiveZEKE at Photoville will be based on “The Forgotten Caucasus,” a feature article in the spring 2016 edition of ZEKE magazine that showcases documentary photography from the countries and regions of the South Caucasus — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh — by photographers Ara Oshagan, Daro Sulakauri and Jan Zychlinski. The Photoville exhibition will include large-scale images from the South Caucasus and text to provide a conceptual and creative framework for the LiveZEKE sessions. Starting on Thursday at Photoville, we will present two or more LiveZEKE sessions. Each session will offer live video conferencing with people from the South Caucasus, who will be available for dialogue with members of the audience. Translation will be provided. LiveZEKE will allow festival attendees to learn more about the South Caucasus from both the traditional documentary components of photography and text, and from direct engagement with subjects of the documentary who live in the region.

Artist Bios

  • Ara Oshagan

    Ara Oshagan’s work revolves around themes of identity, community and bearing witness. Since 1995, he has been recording the oral histories of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. For over eight years, Ara photographed extensively in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, working on Father Land, a book project with his father. Ara’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the US and Armenia.

  • Daro Sulakauri

    Daro Sulakauri was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. After obtaining a degree in cinematography from Tbilisi State University, Daro moved to New York to study at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Daro is now based in Georgia, where she documents social issues of the Caucasus. Her work has been published in Forbes, Mother Jones, Sunday Times, The New York Times’ Lens, Saveur, The Economist, Vision and Bloomberg.

  • Jan Zychlinski

    Jan Zychlinski was born in former East Germany. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer in Social Urban Development at the Berner University of Applied Science, with a focus on social photography. He has taken his humanitarian perspective around the world to document human experiences during crises and everyday life, including the fate and living conditions of refugees in the South Caucasus after the collapse of the Soviet Union.


  • Social Documentary Network (SDN)

    Social Documentary Network (SDN)

    The Social Documentary Network (SDN), founded in 2008, is a global community of documentary photographers, editors, curators, NGOs, journalists, and others, who believe in the power of visual storytelling to build understanding and appreciation for the complexities, diversity nuances, wonders, and contradictions that abound in the world today.

    Since our founding, the SDN website has featured more than 4,000 exhibits by nearly 3,000 photographers from all corners of the globe.

    Our flagship publication, ZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary, is printed twice a year in print and year-round in digital, and features the most successful projects from the SDN website.

    We also create gallery exhibitions, educational programs, lecture series, award programs, and portfolio reviews.

    Recent stories on SDN and in ZEKE have explored sustainable solutions to the climate crisis, the war in Gaza, migration from Central America to the U.S., the war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, the rising seas of Antarctica, life in Iran, asylum in America, teen mothers, and many other global themes.


 archive : 2016

Featuring: Ara Oshagan Daro Sulakauri Jan Zychlinski

Curated by: Glenn Ruga

Presented by: Social Documentary Network (SDN)
  • Social Documentary Network (SDN)


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