Areg Balayan and his internationally renowned photo session “MOB”, taken during the four-day war in Karabakh in April 2016
Photographer Areg Balayan lives in Karabakh. During the April war, he was called up. He left to fight on the front line, of course, without his camera. But later, on April 15, as he got a day off from the service he had a chance to go home and take his camera with him.
Whenever he had free time – when it was more or less calm and it was possible to rest or sleep, Areg was photographing. That is how a series of his photographs under the name MOB (Military Mobilization) have been created, which made him one of the winners of the Lens Culture Exposure Awards.
- For the first time since the 1994 truce, there was an armed clash on the contact line in the Karabakh conflict zone (on the night of 2 April 2016). On 6 April, the Defence Ministries in Baku and Stepanakert reported reaching an agreement on the resumption of the ceasefire regime.
- According to official data, the number of Azerbaijani servicemen killed during the escalation of tension totals 31. Contrarily, the ‘Khazar Institute of Military Studies’ reports a different figure–93 people.
- According to the official data, the number of servicemen killed from the Armenian side totals 92 people.
- The armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh took place in 1991-1994. Since entering into a truce, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has existed as a de facto independent republic, unrecognized by any country in the world, including Armenia. Azerbaijan considers Karabakh and the adjacent areas, acquired during the war, as occupied territories and demands their return.