Couple years ago I left my homeland to pursue my studies in the fields of arts. The current social issues happening in our world has inspired me to focus my work in studying and portraying people who their being tells more than just a foreigner beauty. Gathering, interchanging thoughts, interviewing, observing, and listening to them for about two years has risen my understanding towards others belief different than the ones I’ve been raised in, this did not change my perspectives, but it rather made me respect their beliefs even more and mines as well. For the upcoming months I will be posting the photographs and thoughts of those whose ideologies; beliefs, beauty ideals, religions and politics principles differs from each other. I believe that in understanding and respecting others there is coexistence and hopefully things like this can lead to compassion and peace in the world we all (humans) live in.
If we only get to concentrate in what we think and our own way of doing things right, it become a mere act of selfishness. There is too many like us outside that has been raised under different beliefs, but just because is not “ours” is not necessarily wrong. Put yourself in the shoes of others before you judge them, not to become like them, but to understand why they are doing it. -Martha Diaz Adam
Lusine Aslanyan. Gyumri, Armenia.
"I am a Christian born and raised in a country that went through a genocide because of religion and is still facing attacks and losses of innocent lives again mainly because of religion. Do I have the right to be mad at the unfairness of the situation? I do. Do I have the right on hating every single creature who belongs to a different religion? I do not. Do I have the right to make a bad opinion about other religions and globalize it? I do not.
I may be considered crazy for thinking that my positive attitude towards the issue will change something in the world. I am probably too small against this destroying stream of hate that goes around the world spreading its wings everywhere. But what if I tell you I am not. What if I tell you that you should think the same way, and tell the person next to you as well, that we are all the same. Believe me, it’s simple as that. The fact that someone is Muslim or Christian, Democrat or Republican, Straight or Gay should not define who we are as an individual. We all have different beliefs but we need to share those beliefs, we need to cooperate around those beliefs, we should not fight over them. We should get rid of this burden separating us and unite all together around compromise and understanding, around solidarity and serenity. We should encourage love, we should encourage peace, we should not encourage hate, we should not encourage wars. And that’s when it will change, when we get rid of aversion and hatred, that’s when the world will become a better place.
I come in peace , do you? "
Samy Nashabe. Tripoli, Lebanon.
"I'm dreaming of living in a place where is no discrimination, no discrimination against any person because of that person's race, religion, gender or national origin. What is currently happening in the world from the war in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, to the violence rise in Mexico , the expansion of terrorist incidents, to the racism issue in the US, etc..It is estimated that at least 108 million people were killed in wars in the last century. Why do we have to live in a constant fear from next suicide attack? Who is funding these terrorist attacks? Whose job is it to protect and stand up against violence and terrorism? Why is it that we still see high-profile individuals who occupy elite positions in society promoting an impossible immigration policy? Why has human life has become so cheap? How do soldiers killing each other in a war solve the world"s problems? These are just few of a gazillions questions that are crossing my mind and can not seem to find the answer for..." -Samy Nashabe.