Dr. Marine Mkhitaryan was born in 1964 in Alaverdi, Armenia to Greek and Armenian parents, Nina Lazareva and Hakob Mkhitaryan. She received her PhD in Mathematical Physics in 1993 from Yerevan Physics Institute. In 1994-95 she conducted research at the University of Ghent, in Belgium on archeology. In 1995-97, she did post-doctoral studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, on archeology. She started amateur photography in 2007, and has had 4 prior exhibitions. Her first exhibition was held in 2009, dedicated to Greeks of Armenia, in loving memory of her Greek mother, at the Greek Embassy in Armenia. Her second exhibition was again dedicated to Greeks of Armenia and held at the Greek Consulate of New York, USA in 2011. The third exhibition ’’My Heart is in the Highlands’’ was dedicated to Armenia and Karabakh, and was held in Shushi, Artsakh in 2013. The fourth exhibition ''Inspired by Armenia'' opened in Yeghishe Charents House-Museum, Yerevan. In February 2017 the presentation ''Hellenes of Armenia: Return to Roots'' was held at the Hellenic Cultural Center in London, UK.
Now Dr. Mkhitaryan's research interests are in the field of saveguarding cultures at crossfires, cultural diplomacy, culture for peace, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue.
Being the grandchild of the 1915 Armenian Genocide survivor, Dr. Marina Mkhitaryan keeps memories from the childhood when her grandfather was telling his story of survival.
''1915....a 8-year old boy from Mush finds refuge in Armenia with a group of other orphans... The ancestral mountains inspire consolation (’’mkhitarutun’’ in Armenian)....Such was the blessing bestowed upon the family of Mkhitaryans....'', - she noted on her personal website.
The photo collage. At the right: the grave stone of the 1915 Armenian Genocide survivor Levon Mkhitaryan, Alaverdy, Armenia.
Dr. Marina Mkhitaryan's interview on Armenian Public Radio in August-2014. Here is the link: