Norair Chahinian will be leading a public lecture on his photographic journey through the Armenian past and present on Thursday, March 24, from 6:00-8:00 pm in Manoogian Hall. The presentation will be in Armenian.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1979, Norair Chahinian’s Armenian roots are from Urfa, Mush, Iskenderun, and Kessab. Chahinian took up photography during his college years, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Avedis Shahinian who had established a photo studio in Aleppo after the Armenian Genocide.
He earned a degree in architecture from Mackenzie University in 2001, followed up by graduate work in aesthetics and history of art from the University of São Paulo in 2007.
Having captured many parts of the world through his lens, and being extensively published and featured in exhibitions, Chahinian has not failed to look to his Armenian heritage in his work. He spent four years photographing the Armenian legacy in central and eastern Turkey (Western Armenia). An exhibition of his photographs went on display in Istanbul to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in 2015.
A portfolio of Chahinian’s works may be found on: norair.com.br.