Feature / Speaking in a loud voice / The Gardeners by Jan Brykczynski

The Yerevan gardens have a long tradition and are deeply rooted in Armenian culture. Gaining importance as a source of fresh vegetables in times of crisis and becoming more amateur nature in better times, they make these shifts every time the political and economic situation in the Caucasus changes. They connect the city’s inhabitants with nature but also they connect the citizens with each other. The structures built to make the plants grow go beyond the fences of the properties. They dissolve the borders between private and public space. They also dissolve the border between the city and the countryside, between culture and nature. Finally, they are also representations of the individual imagination of the idea of a garden. Gardens are places where time passes differently, closer to the yearly cycle of nature and one can feel this while spending time with the gardeners.