An Unfinished War

Shortlist 2017

Yulia Grigoryants

Yulia Grigoryants is an independent photographer from Armenia currently living between France and Armenia. Yulia's works were published internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Al Jazeera. In 2020 Yulia became laureate of the "Friends of the Albert-Kahn Museum" award. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Sony world photography award. Yulia's works have been exhibited in France, England, Russia, China, Armenia. Her long-term project about Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict An Unfinished War was exhibited in Paris in May 2018.
The Conflict
2017

An Unfinished War

For the last two decades, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh have been living under constant threat of a very fragile and frequently violated ceasefire. Inhabitants of border villages and soldiers alike have been living like hostages, trapped between peace and war. Violence against the Armenian population in the Azerbaijan SSR in the late 1980s, the fight for the independence of disputed Nagorno-Karabakh and its reunion with Armenia SSR lead to a large-scale war by the early 1990s. After 5 years of war, a cease-fire agreement was signed. But the frozen conflict between the two nations has never been settled and is on the brink of escalating into full-scale war once again. The ceasefire violations are especially evident throughout the entire Nagorno-Karabakh Azerbaijan line of contact and even along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. On the night of April 2, 2016, tensions erupted when Azerbaijan launched attacks along the entire line of contact. Four days of intense fighting followed, highlighted by the use of heavy artilery, tanks, and military helicopters, which resulted in hundreds of casualties on both sides. The fighting was eventually halted by another ceasefire agreement. In the uncertain conditions of this tenuous ceasefire, a full-scale war may start any day.