Monzoni’s stories are anything but cheerful. As a journalist focused on social turmoil, she’s most interested in those parts of the world where people lead poor and unsettled lives. She has taken many photographs throughout the former Soviet Union, including northern Russia and Ukraine. This is not the first time she’s been to Armenia — the subject of her latest project — either. Several years ago she dedicated a set of photographs to Yerevan, depicting it as not quite trouble-free, but full of “cheerful, curious, active, hardy and irrepressible people.” This is how she sees Armenians.
Her new book, titled “Armenian Wound,” was released in conjunction with the Armenian Genocide Centennial. Monzoni recalls some other difficult moments in the country’s life — her photographs chronicle post-Soviet conflicts and speak of post-Soviet ruin. But, just as with her other work, high-spirited people who are able to remain hopeful despite the troubles that befall them continue to captivate the photographer.
Photos courtesy of Antonella Monzoni