By Tigran Arakelyan
Zako – this is how the Germans called the Soviet Armenian painter Sargis Mangasaryan, who lived through the hell of a Nazi POW camp. Zako survived by drawing portraits of his tormentors. In 1956, Zako and his friends visit a Picasso exhibition. Suddenly they freeze in awe before the great master’s pinnacle work Guernica. Zako realizes how unripe he has stayed in all those years drawing portraits. And even though he was fighting for freedom, his artistic growth was limited by the impact of the system.