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.
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.
The view of Talish village few days after the frozen conflicted exploded in April 2016.
Talish, Nagorno-Karabakh, 29 April 2016
Nagorno-Karabakh defense army soldier observes the situation on the border.
Nagorno-Karabakh, Talish, 30 April 2016
On 7 August 2014. Karen Petrosyan, 33 y.o., a native of Chinari village, gets lost near the border. Within hours, Azerbaijan has announced, that he was saboteur; by the next day, the death of Karen was announced, allegedly due to a heart attack.
Armenia, Chinari, 23 November 2014
Soldier of Nagorno Karabakh Army working near the trenches.
Nagorno-Karabakh - Azerbaiajan
For security reasons the road leading to Talish village in Nagorno-Karabakh is protected with soil and sand.
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Martakert Province, 29 April 2016
During the last few years the kindergarten of Chinari village turned into one of the targets for Azeri Army. For security reasons, the state blocked all the windows and even at noon electrical light is needed here.
Armenia, Chinari, 9 February 2015
On 5 February 2015 Vanik Ghukasyan, 60 y.o., native of Nerqin Karmiraghbyur village, is shot dead by Azeri armed forces in his own house.
Armenia, Nerqin-Karmiraghbyur, 7 February 2015
Mother gives an evening bath to her child. Especially in the evenings people avoid going out from the house. Bathrooms are usually located outside.
Armenia, Nerqin Karmiraghbyur, 7 February 2015
A killed dog found in the morning.
An old man carries drinking water in the city of Shushi, the former cultural center of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Nagorno-Karabakh, Shushi, 2 May 2016
Soldiers of Armenian Army in the military base.
Khoranashat monastery (13 century) is located 200m from Azeri military posts.
Only three years ago, mass was still being held under this dome.
Armenia, Chinari, 23 November, 2014
Almost all the houses in the border villages are outfitted like military posts.
Armenia, Chinari, 9 February 2015
The remains of the war in 90ies are mixed here with recent destructions.
Nagorno-Karabakh, Talish, 3 May 2016
World War II memorial, with bullet traces from the war in 90's.
Nagorno-Karabakh, Shushi, 1 May 2016