Christopher Atamian is a noted writer, translator, director and creative producer of Italian and Armenian background. Apart from creative endeavors and professional activities as a senior executive in leading media companies and consultancies, Christopher has concentrated on community activism. He is the former President and a current board member of AGLA New York and in 2004 founded Nor Alik, a non-profit cultural organization responsible for producing the first Armenian International Film Festival in New York City.
Christopher co-produced the OBIE Award-winning play Trouble in Paradise in 2006, as well as several music videos and short films. He was selected for the 2009 Venice Biennale on the basis of his video Sarafian’s Desire and received a 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He continues to contribute critical pieces to publications such as The New York Times Book Review, The Huffington Post, Scenes Media and The Weekly Standard, while working on other creative endeavors in film and theater.
A Poet in Washington Heights, his first book of poetry, won the 2017 Tölölyan Literary Award. He has written one novel, Manhattan Boy and published five translations, along with a dozen books that he has edited for leading mainstream and art presses. He is an alumnus of Harvard, Columbia Business School and USC Film School who enjoys travel, cooking and learning new foreign languages.
Christopher Atamian reviews two documentaries by two diasporan filmmakers about Armenia’s Velvet Revolution and writes that both deliver a somewhat hagiographic portrayal of Pashinyan and his supporters.
Christopher Atamian reviews “The Structure is Rotten, Comrade,” a new graphic novel by Viken Berberian and Yann Kebbi.
Armenian culture and tradition, once subsumed into Byzantine or medieval studies, now has its own separate but important place in the history of art and civilization along with others such as Venice, Rome, and Greece thanks to a groundbreaking exhibition entitled Armenia! at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.