Monday, February 24, 2020

PHOTOGRAPHY: Project 'I had left my home early in the morning'. Georgia - Armenia, 2015 - 2019. By Lilit Matevosyan

This project is documentary research of the past, realized through the prism of personal history. Based on memories from my childhood, I create an autobiographical visual journey to places that used to be my home.
The Immigration topic allowed me to go beyond my personal story — it is not only about the history of a particular family, but about entire generations of people living in the Caucasus after the collapse of the Soviet Union who was forced to flee their to seek a better life.

My goal is to try to reconnect, to find lost roots, to learn more about the present in the past. (Lilit Matevosyan)

Slideshow was produced in the frame of Multimedia Lab Production Grant Program for South Caucasus Female Photographers May-October 2019 mentored by Justyna Mielnikiewicz / MAPS. Multimedia Lab aims to support the professional strengthening of emerging women photographers of South Caucasus region that cover social issues in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and use the medium of photography as the powerful tool of storytelling. The project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Copyright: Lilith Matevosyan

Music: Karina Kazaryan

More: Post-Soviet South Caucasus migration explored in Tbilisi display of photographer Lilith Matevosyan [agenda_ge]
Photographic works reflecting the plight of generations forced into migration throughout the South Caucasus following the dissolution of the Soviet Union will go on display at Tbilisi's Untitled Gallery later this week, celebrating the work of photographer Lilith Matevosyan.

Presenting an "autobiographical visual journey" throughout locations she called her home throughout the years, Matevosyan will exhibit photos that use personal history as a prism on the generational transformation created by the collapse of the USSR in the 1990s.

"[I]t is not only about the history of a particular family, but about entire generations of people living in the Caucasus after the collapse of the Soviet Union who was forced to flee their to seek a better life" - Lilith Matevosyan

The Sochi-based photographer said her goal with the work was to "reconnect, find the lost roots and learn about the present while searching for the clues in the past".

The selection of works is titled I had left my home early in the morning, with the photographs produced as part of the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum's 2019 project for supporting women photographers of the region. Led by Justyna Mielnikiewicz, a Tbilisi-based, award-winning Polish photographer, the grant for women was held as part of the multi-year Photography Hub for Education and Innovation, a project of the TPMM supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation via the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia.

In the TPMM grant Mielnikiewicz mentored Matevosyan [instagram], who told her social media followers in November she was "really happy" to have her long-term project published by the museum. Works produced as a result of the grant - by Matevosyan and six other women photographers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia - were also exhibited at the museum earlier this month to shed the light on social issues in their respective countries.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

GEORGIAN ART: Nina Gomarteli interviewed her mother Maka Batiashvili: I Try to Show not Just a Particular Figure I am Drawing, but My Attitude Towards that Figure. via ⁦‪@cbwge‬⁩

(cbw.geMaka Batiashili is a Georgian artist who works in painting, book illustration, and video art. Her inspiration comes from the moments of mundane reality that frequently turn into important visual images. The artist grasps moments from ordinary situations, which find participants on the verge, where keeping a balance is required. The key concept for Maka is a person surrounded by an emotional environment and things that constantly balances the situation, and never cross the lines. CBW had an interview with Maka Batiashvili:

Maka Batiashvili and her daughter Nini Gomarteli. Photo: Ralph Hälbig

Your exhibition "Moment of Narcissism" has recently opened. Where did the idea for the title come from?

Narcissism is a slowed down or rigid moment when we focus on ourselves, observe our sights or our senses, and at the same time, get very close to our identity, and start controlling it. At this time, everything is distorted, and there is only "me," and nothing else around it. This is one of the pleasures that our brains and bodies constantly seek. These works have been created with this idea underpinning it, which was displayed at the Project Art Beat Gallery.

What was the work process like, and how did you decide to put it together, or when the time for the exhibition was?

I worked until I had something to say; it's easy to just feel like it’s good enough, completed. At the time, I was completely engrossed in this, and not just during the process of drawing, but also in different situations, observing people, how they behaved, how they looked, how they posed for a photo, and so on. The mind fixes the image, and then some part is realized, from the thoughtful state to the material level. At this point, this topic is over for me, and I chose a new theme to work on after a month-long interval, it’s a good feeling for a fresh start.

Maka Batiashvili. Photo: Ralph Hälbig

The process of working, in general, depends on different attributes. It is like being a child, who constantly needs to be amazed and impressed. At this time, I don't think I am trying anything special, I just prefer to convey everything as simply as possible. I try to show not just a particular figure I am drawing, but my attitude towards that figure.

What makes you the most comfortable at this time?

Everything, good lighting, tranquility, a deliberate pace, sounds coming from the street, the sound of the wind, dogs barking, neighbors shouting, kids shouting in the yard. But by no means music, this time it holds my power because the focus is on it.

What was your education like?

I chose to go to the Academy of Arts, without any fuss. I told my family about my decision, and he immediately received my support. We chose a teacher and started to work with him as a student. My painting teacher was Bezhan Shvelidze, who had 20 students like me. It was a workshop near Nutsubidze Street, now called Pablo Picasso Street. Along the way, I realized that this is how I want to spend my entire life. There were no special restrictions here, there was a sense of freedom and a desire to become an extraordinary artist. Here, I could see so many students painting the same exact still life, yet these paintings would have come out entirely different from one another.

My teacher didn't give me a lot of notes, telling me: ‘’you know the most important thing - how to enjoy drawing, and there’s nothing more important... go on and have fun, darling! I’m always observing you, and you seem to be ecstatic; loving what you do, is the case, can’t be taught by a teacher, although one can create an atmosphere, where a student will study for pleasure, rather than obligation.

I was enrolled in the Academy of Arts in 1992, and it is easy to imagine what the situation there was like at the time. There was chaos in every sense, the first shock was that some of my students were not too keen on drawing. And whoever enjoyed it, would look crazy. It's still unclear to me why they chose this university. For a painting I dedicated my entire life to, the teacher didn't show up to the lecture for an entire year, and many other frustrating stories, but it was still so mysterious and appealing. I remember I arrived there hanging on a trolleybus, only to get there somehow…..because it was a meeting place, a strange and unexpected world that allowed for freedom.

Have you met any famous artist that affected your work?

I participated in a group exhibition recently where one of Natela Iankoshvili's paintings was presented. When I stopped by her drawing, fragments of memories would come out. I was 14 years old when I met her at her at the workshop, perhaps a relative of mine had invited me as a guest. Natela and her husband hosted us. For the first time there, I came across huge, distinct drawings in the artist's workplace. I remember how attentive they were to me, to treat me as an adult, and not as a child, they talked to me, showed me around and explained each painting. At some point, Natela and I were left alone, and she said to me: I haven't seen your paintings, but you have such a deep look your eyes, I believe you can be a good artist. Remember, the most important thing is to have your own distinctive style, for people to recognize it’s you. I tried it, and I think it worked. This is the power of words. As for the visual impact, I think all the artists I’ve ever seen contributed, even a bit.

What role do you think your artworks have, or will have in the future?

I'm bringing colors and lines to this, superficially speaking. I'm just looking for something, constantly. In today' s technological era, we have a continuous stream of information that causes information intoxication, from time to time. The righteous and fictional are intertwined, at such times, and I have a desire to find something very simple and frivolous in the world of these skyscrapers. What role it may play in the future will be decided by time, and by the people.

When did you feel like a success?

A sense of success helps people to keep going in all professions. It is an extraordinary feeling of power and motivation, but I felt successful when I stopped caring about it, and as boring as it may sound, I just go with the flow, I draw in this flow, and everything else comes on its own, with no pressure…

In what profession would you imagine yourself, if you weren’t an artist?

I would be an ecologist, I’m very interested in this field. I love and it hurts. It hurts because most of this world consists of air, and we don't have it in our city. Breathing is a symbol of life and it lacks that aspect here, it brings a sense of helplessness, and I have no power to abandon my socially active life and escape from the centre of the city to live in the village.

Project ArtBeat appeared in the art arena just a few years ago, and it’s always in the spotlight. What is it like collaborating with a contemporary art gallery?

I already knew Natia Bukia when it opened, she bought some of my artwork, then I met Salome Vakhania, and was told about their idea; then, many galleries opened up, but it was a bold move on their part. Because it is a complex and financially unsustainable business. I liked this decision a lot, it was very bold, and thoughtlessly joined them. During these 4 years, they’ve implemented many important projects, and Georgian art has been brought to numerous important art markets, worldwide.

Can you share what the subject of your upcoming series is?

It's a fog driven by two contrasting, masses of warm and cold air, the most mysterious grey quilt in atmospheric events.

More in flickr: Art of Maka Batiashvili

Last Exhibition: Project ArtBeat is pleased to present Maka Batiashvili’s solo exhibition, The Moment of Narcissism.

“It is a moment in which we focus at ourselves, which is illusory and instant, where on the one hand we are represented and on the other our idealized self. Posing and fixing our appearance is what we call our daily life. This is a moment when human approaches his or her inner, non-material world most closely or oppositely getting farer, runs away and puts a mask temporary.

It happens when we look at the mirror, when we are at the street and looking at vitrine of shops while we are glancing our reflections on it and especially when we pose at photo shootings.

Today when we live in digital world and own social networks, we have an amazing possibility to represent the best version of ourselves. Here is place where imaginary and real life meets each other and after all everything becomes as information chaos. Represented works are created by observing and speculating with these moods... and narcissism is considered not as a human flaw but as logical expression of personal identity and controlling of own state”. - Maka Batiashvili

Maka Batiashili works in painting, book illustration, video art, documentary film. Her inspiration is derived from the moments of mundane reality that usually turn into important visual images. The artist grasps moments from the ordinary situations, which find participants on the verge, where keeping balance is required. Key concept for Maka is a person surrounded with the emotional environment and things, who constantly balances the situation and never crosses the limits.

Colored spots on a neutral background are clearly readable. Processing of simple shapes of the drawings is easily observable. Works are dominated by bright colors and simple compositions. The pictures created with tusche on paper are charged with energy.

13 December, 2019 - 26 January, 2020
P. Ingorokva street 14, Tbilisi
You can see additional information about our gallery on our website:

Friday, January 24, 2020

MUSICVIDEO: Afternoon Version - You only come to me in my sleep

Music and words by George Sikha. Guitars by Zura Dzagnidze, Dato Toidze and Nick Kocharov. Mixing and Mastering by George Gvarjaladze. Video art by Nina Togonidze

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

VIDEO: Der Berliner Mauerfall im internationalen Kontext und Georgien / Konrad Adenauer Foundation South Caucasus

30 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall hat sich das geopolitische Umfeld in Europa verändert. Wie wurde die deutsche Wiedervereinigung im internationalen Kontext reflektiert? Ist die Einheit heute tatsächlich überall angekommen? Was trennt und was verbindet die Menschen in Ost und West 30 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall? Können die deutschen Erfahrungen bei der Wiedervereinigung Vorbild für Georgien sein?

An der Diskussion nehmen teil:
- Lasha Bughadze, Schriftsteller
- Dr. Lasha Bakradze, Historiker
- Dr. Maia Panjikidze, Diplomatin
- Stefan Tolz, Filmregisseur 

Zu Gast: 
- Hubert Knirsch, Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Georgien
- Medea Metreveli

Die Moderation erfolgt durch Dr. Thomas Schrapel, Leiter der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Südkaukaus

Georgian Literature Initiative (GLI)
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung South Caucasus 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

PICTUREGALLERY: Georgian Artist Rusudan Khizanishvili

Rusudan's approach to both the handling of paint and compositional construction reflects a healthy knowledge of what has come before her, while at the same time clearly display a contemporary set of values and codes of practice. Graduating with a painting degree from the Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Rusudan went on to complete an MA in Media in 2005.

Georgian Artist Rusudan Khizanishvili

Saturday, December 14, 2019

VIDEO: BlackSea Blues. Can Europe's most polluted sea be saved? By Jonah Fisher & Abdujalil A @JonahFisherBBC @abdujalil via @BBCWorld

Scientists are shocked at what they find in the polluted Waters, but say there is hope.

"For decades, the Black Sea’s been treated as a dumping ground for waste from east Europe. Things were so bad that part of the sea was considered almost dead. But are there any prospects to save it? Jonah Fisher I travelled across region to find answers." Abdujalil A @abdujalil

VIDEO: "Stranger" Givi Margvelashvili. By Ketevan Sadgobelashvili [in georgian]

First Channel and Studio Epoch present you Victims of two dictatorships - Nazism and Communism. A double immigrant who lives in books and changes characters' destinies.

German-speaking Georgian writer and philosopher Givi Margvelashvili - in the film "Alien" by Ketevan Sadgobelashvili.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

VORTRAG und DISKUSSION: Baku - Die Rückkehr der "Potemkin’schen Stadt"?

Baku als Stadt Symbol für die Souveränität, Modernisierung und den wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung. Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung des Konzepts der „Potemkin'schen Stadt" Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, auf der nächsten Sitzung unseres Kolloquiums am 05.12. 2019 wird Dr. Sascha Roth, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des Max-Planck- Instituts für ethnologische Forschung in Halle, referieren.

Das Thema seines Vortrags lautet:

"Die Rückkehr der „Potemkin’schen Stadt“? – Zur sozialen und politischen Bedeutung von Fassaden am Beispiel von Baku" Worum soll es gehen?

Die Stadt Baku erlebt seit Jahren eine materielle Transformation gigantischen Ausmaßes – ebenso wie viele andere Hauptstädte früherer Sowjetrepubliken in Zentralasien und dem Kaukasus. Dabei ist die Stadt Symbol für die Souveränität, Modernisierung und den wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung der heute unabhängigen Republik geworden. Fassaden, im wörtlichen wie übertragenen Sinne, spielen dabei eine zentrale Rolle. Der Vortrag diskutiert die gesellschaftliche Bedeutung von Fassaden und verschiedener Strategien nationaler und kultureller Repräsentation. Gleichzeitig wird beleuchtet, wie lokale Konzepte von Fassaden und daran geknüpfte normative und moralische Vorstellungen die soziale Interaktion im Alltag von Familien, Nachbarn und anderen Gruppen beeinflussen. Schließlich setzt sich der Vortrag kritisch mit der Frage auseinander, ob das Konzept der „Potemkin'schen Stadt" (Loos 1898) als vergleichende Kategorie postsozialistischer Stadtforschung zu einem alternativen Verständnis gesellschaftlicher und politischer Prozesse in der Region beitragen kann. (Zitat aus dem Forschungsprojekt)

Ort der Veranstaltung:
Friedrichstraße 191, 10099 Berlin, 5. Stock, Raum 5008 (Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften)

Donnerstag, 05. Dezember 2019, 18:00- 20:00 Uhr. Veranstalter: Lehrstuhl Geschichte Aserbaidschans an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Wir würden uns sehr freuen Sie bei der Veranstaltung begrüßen zu dürfen!
Beste Grüße

Dr. Rasim Mirzayev
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philosophische Fakultät I
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
Friedrichstraße 191
10099 Berlin
Tel: (0049)30 209370554
Mobil: (0049) 162 7912378

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

VIDEO: Lesung mit Givi Margvelashvili (გივი მარგველაშვილი) 2012

May 3, 2012, Givi Margelashvili, Goethe Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia

VIDEO: Smuggling Anthologies - Gia Edzgveradze

Smuggling Anthologies
Trieste, Museo Revoltella Auditorium
7th november 2014
Gia Edzgveradze (artist, Georgia) – The Great Return, 2014

Smuggling Anthologies. By Ana Peraica []

ART: Suspended. Georgien/Russland. Begegnung auf einem anderen Terrain. (2009)

Suspended brings together works by Georgian and Russian artists in one catalog, demonstrating the solidarity prevailing between the shapers of culture in the two countries in times of political conflict. The artists from Georgia and Russia – among them Tamara K.E., Keti Kapanadze, Gia Edzgveradze, Yuri Albert, Vadim Zakharov, Ivan Chuikov – are not only well known in the contemporary art scene of their home countries, but are also represented at international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale and the Documenta in Kassel as well as in the collections of major museums. The project's title Suspended refers to the free-flowing, sometimes difficult-to-define space in which artists position themselves and in the context of which their works are interpreted.

Hardcover, 19 x 23 cm, 120 pages, 160 color illustrations, English, German, Available
ISBN 978-3-86828-079-1, 2009

Texts: Keti Chukhrov, Gia Edzgveradze, Boris Groys, Zaza Shatirishvili


Monday, October 21, 2019

VIDEO: ERTI Gallery presents Koka Ramishvili's solo exhibition "Light Machines", curated by Karine Tissot. Project partner SOLO, Galleries X Tbilisi Photo Festival

Koka Ramishvili
Light Machines
Curator: Karine Tissot
Project Partner: SOLO
Galleries x Tbilisi Photo Festival
ERTI Gallery, 19 P. Ingorokva str / 5 9April str, 0108 Tiflis
September 15 - October 23 

Link: Koka Ramishvili's solo show "Light Machines" curated by Karine Tissot []

Koka Ramishvili’s Light Machines are much more than still lifes for they are systematically animated by movement – which situates the work in a perfect contradiction of a genre normally characterized by the inertia of the motif (still life). Nor can they be reduced to a mere expression of a certain experimentation since there is a deliberately studied aesthetic to them.

Between art and a sort of demonstration, Ramishvili creates geometrical shapes – sometimes inspired by the world of de Chirico or the sculptures of Brancusi –to reveal, through photography, a light that the artist breaks down into a monochrome array of soft grays. No black and white contrasts that would strictly separate the tones and reduce the world to a Manichean view of things. On the contrary, a generous array of nuances with blurred outlines offers the eye the chance to penetrate these intermediary worlds lying between bright and dark, somewhere between dreams and reality, beyond a truth that is unique, sharp, and caught in a fraction of a second by a photo journalist.

Koka Ramishvili works the light of his photos and acts on the very way light is perceived. Eschewing all spiritual meaning, he fosters a perceptual, sensory experience where time is superimposed over transparency. Everything moves towards impermanence. Everything is becoming. Process is essential. Here lies the essence of this work. In the challenge of expressing light as an abstract structure, he animates the installations of his invention so that they retain a fleeting impression. Thanks to movement, real objects shed their materiality in subtle plays of shade and light. His images thus create visions that are inaccessible to the human eye and his simplest staged scenes suddenly verge on the abstract, making the photograph nothing less than photography, in other words, a writing with light in the etymological sense of the word. On the other hand, when he is looking outside the studio to express a form of combustion in the landscape, Ramishvili will occasionally polish the image in the touching-up process. Light is manipulated after the fact. A pair of real-looking suns, for instance, appears in an immaculate sky (Ascension, pp. 22-23), and three glowing celestial bodies create a sequence on the horizon (Three Stars (Evolution), 2019, pp. 30-31), while a bright illumination takes over a face (The Shining (Face) – 2017, p. 24).

As a visual artist who has always sought to slip his thinking into multiple mediums – while making sure to master them perfectly, each according to its use – Koka Ramishvili took up photography again in 2016. Having abandoned the documentary practice seen in the early years of his career, he is now devoting himself to photography as he would were he working on a painting, that is, his compositions are first elaborated conceptually before they are executed, making his work both a form of thinking and a realization, a perfect marriage of content and form, a paragon of comprehensiveness. They promise to stretch the limits of representing the world thanks to his working of the light. Indeed, although his work follows in the wake of themes in art that go back centuries – like portraiture or landscape – Ramishvili regularly puts light at the center of his thinking and reminds us of what Laszlo Moholy-Nagy pointed out in 1925 in his foundational book, Painting Photography Film, “I am convinced that a new art of light is being born.” Until then the history of art had been punctuated by works that placed front and center the play of shadows and light, from the research of Renaissance painters into chiaroscuro to the expression of the sensation of light by Turner and Monet, although photography opened a field of possibilities that proved vaster by far.

Koka Ramishvili is following a trail first blazed by modernity a century ago. Nevertheless, his experience, renewed by the summers he has spent in Greece over the last few years, feeds into a singular approach filled with striking patches of white, reliefs formed from gentle lines, and clement skies that give voice to a harmonious world in black and white, whose light is the condition of the visible. It is indeed what makes the perception of shapes and limits of objects and spaces possible. If the role played by light in art has often been inextricably linked to the deepening of scientific knowledge and the appearance of technologies that put it to work, Koka Ramishvili raises it to the level of the main protagonist in order to speak about the essence of art and life in a singular impulse of freedom and intuition that avoids the pitfall of the cliché.

Karine Tissot, 2019

more links:

VIDEO: Georgian Artist Irina Gabiani - Solo exhibition "Game without rules" in the Gian Marco Casini Gallery, Livorno

Irina Gabiani, solo exhibition "Game without rules"at Gian Marco Casini Gallery, Livorno, Italy
14 September till 26 October, 2019
Music: John Vallis (
Voice: Ivan Adorno and Irina Gabiani
Catalogue: Gian Marco Casini Gallery - Irina Gabiani  

More links: 

Irina Gabiani is a Luxembourg based Georgian-Italian visual multimedia artist.

Monday, October 14, 2019

ART: Handmade Print Festival TBILISI. LIFE N STYLE, 2019

Closing Event

Dates: 17.10.2019– 28.10.2019
Program: 17.10.2019 - 19.00 p.m
MOMA Tbilisi Modern Art Museum

Article: Georgia to Host 4th Int’l Print Festival ‘LIFE N STYLE’ []

We Have Pleasure to Invite You on the 4th issue of the Handmade Print Festival TBILISI. LIFE N STYLE, 2019, Presentation & visual installation

100 Georgian & International Contemporary Artists Handmade Prints.
Georgia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, Lithuania, Russia, Greece, Armenia, France, Hong Kong

Participant artists & curators:

Georgia – Handmade and milited edktion printing studio – Curator - Nana Kirmelasvili; Artists: David Aleksidze, Mariam Akubardia, Mari Ataneli (Mari Ataneli), Lia Bagrationi, Maka Batiashvili (Maka Batiashvili), Uta Bekaia (Uta Bekia), Natia Benashvili, Nino Bilikhodze, Nino Bosikashvili (NinoBosikashviliArt), Sopo Cherkezishvili, Ketevan Davlianidze, Nato Eristavi, Nutsa Esebua, Gia Gogatishvili, Gia Gugushvili, Kote Jincharadze (Kote Jincharadze), Natia Kalandadze, Rusudan Khizanishvili, Tutu Kiladze, Guga Kotetishvili, Luka Lazar /Lasareishvili, Mai Lashauri (Mai Lashuri Art), Tamar Maglaperidze-Dadeshkeliani, George Maskharashvili, Vakhtang Megrelishvili, Konstantin Mindadze (Konstantin Mindadze Studio), Nino Moseshvili, Zaira Nadirashvili, Manuchar Okrostsvaridze, Guela Patiachvili (Guela Patiachvili Art), Elene Rakviashvili, Koka Ramishvili, Salome Rigvava (Art by Salome Rigvava), Romanoz (Romanoz), Julia Sanikidze, Mariam Shakarashvili, Lia Shvelidze, Malkhaz Shvelidze, Murtaz Shvelidze, Tam Oonz, Maka Tavamaishvili, Teyo, Oleg Timchenko, Kako Topuria (KAKO), Luka Tsetskhladze, Mamuka Tsetskhladze, Guram Tsibakhashvili (Guram Tsibakhashvili), Tinatin Tskhadadze (Tinatin Tskhadadze), Guela Tsouladze, Tamaz Varvaridze, Iliko Zautashvili, Maka Zedelashvili (Maka Zedelashvili Art), Shalva Khakhanashvili, David Machavariani / Kakadu;

Georgia – Tbilisi Academy of Arts – Curator – Tamaz Varvaridze; Artists: Loreta Abashidze-Shengelia, Mariam Davitashvili, Mariam Kalmakhelidze, Anastasia Kvakchakhadze, Lika Kviciani, Viktoria Makharadze, Salome Vacheishvili, George Jordania, Lela Zarkua; Georgia – Aluminum Etching Workshop – Curator – Vakhtang Megrelishvili (Vakhtang Megrelishvili); Artists: Mari Ataneli, Mariam Akhobadze, Natia Benashvili, Mariam Chelidze, Maya Chichua,, Nino Esaiashvili, George Jordania, Zura Khatiashvili, Rusudan Khizanishvili, Nino Khvingia, Nukri Kutateladze, Lika Kviciani, Vakhtang Megrelishvili, Lia Shvelidze, Salome Vacheishvili; Georgia –- Ozurgeti – Lithuania – Curator Tandila Tavartkiladze; Artists: Tamaz Darchia, Kura Brodskaya, Gia Gvichia, Ugne Zylite, Neringa Zukauskaite, Tandila Tavartkiladze

Austria – Roberto Muffaletto

China – B. Conrad Lau

Armenia – Greece – Curator - Masha-Marina Yeremyan; Artists: Ioannis Chantzidis (Greece), Stepan Veranyan, Vahagn Halambashyan

Estonia – Ukraine – Curator - Olga lybaskina; Artists: Khachatur Bely, Yuri Arrak, Vera Stanishevskaya, Vlad Stanishevsky, Ivan Pirkov

France: Gabrille Kurdadze

Ukraine; Azerbaijan – Artists: Shakhnaz Aghaeva, Inna Kostina; Museib Amirov   

Turkey – Curator - Denizhan Ozer; Artists: Deniz Cobankent, Kara Devabil, Erdem Ilgin, Gonca Erim, Ozgur Eryilmaz, Hakan Esmer, Lutfu Kaplanoglu, Serap Özergin, Kader Ozturkmen, Ilnah Sumeyra, Oben Yilmaz;

Russia – Curator – Ria Keburia Gallery (Ria Keburia)

Artists: Anna Voda, Adil Aubekerov, Roman Ermakov (Roman Ermakov Art), Sasha Frolova, Vera Reiner, Masha Ershova, Tatyana Plakhova

Russia – Alexsander Florenski, Olga Florenskaia

Exhibition in Space

Georgian artist Romanoz (Art by Romanoz)
Exposition in Stratosphere /Documentary/
Address: 27, Rustaveli avenue, Str. Tbilisi. Georgia
Date 18.10.2019 – 18.11.2019
Opening 18.10.2019 – 20:00

October 18 th Sculpture Park opening in Wine Factory # 1

Participant artists: Sepo / Tengiz Sepiashvili, Nato Eristavi, Venera Kazarova, Uta Bekaia, Roman Ermakov, Sasha Frolova, Oleg Timchenko, Anya Mokhova, Luka Tsetskhladze, Tbilisi State Academy of Arts Address: 1 Petriashvili str, Tbilisi. Georgia Curator: RIA KEBURIA FOUNDATION

Event Supporters: Tbilisi Municipality Mayor, Georgian Innovation & Development Center,
HYTECH-GS (NASA Spinoff Technolgy), Ria Keburia Gallery,
Batumi Municipality Mayor, Château Svanidzeebis Marani
General Media Partner: The Financial
Internet Partner: MAGTI
Media Partners: Radio Tavisupleba, Antidot, PRIME TIME

Curator: Nana Kirmelashvili
Tel: +995 599 215 396

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

BOOKFAIR: At the Frankurter Buchmesse 2019, 16-20 October Georgia will present the project "FOLLOW THE JOURNEY OF GEORGIAN CHARACTERS"

Organized by the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association and supported by the Writers’ House of Georgia and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. Within the framework of the project a five-day literary and publishing program will be held.

Discover Georgia in 3 halls of the Frankfurter Buchmesse:

* Georgian National Stand, Hall 5.0, B100
* Published and Unpublished Georgian Children’s Books Stand, Frankfurt Kids Foyer 5.1/6.1
* “Spend 4 Seasons in Georgia” Stand, Hall 3.1, K126

Georgian Literary and Publishing Program at Georgian National Stand Stage - GEORGIAN CHARACTERS, Hall 5.0, B100

Opening of the Georgian National Stand and Business Breakfast
16 October, 09:00-10:00
* Hall 5.0, B100

A professional event for Georgian publishers, who will have the opportunity to present the books of their Georgian authors to specially invited foreign publishers and offer them to translate and publish in different languages.
1. Palitra L Publishing 
2. Sulakauri Publishing 
3. Intelekti Publishing 
4. Artanuji Publishing 
5. Nodar Dumbadze Publishing and Literary Agency

1. Focus on Georgian Prose

Georgia - A Literary Invitation/Presentation-Discussion
Publishers: Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Intelekti Publishing
Speakers: Iva Pezuashvili, Manfred Ahriman Heinfeldner
Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava
18 October, 12:00-12:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

Europe and Georgia: the Love Feast Revisited/Presentation-Discussion
Publisher: Weidle Verlag
Speaker: Zurab Karumidze
Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer
18 October, 13:00-13:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

Everyone Dies in this Novel/Discussion
Publishers: Volland & Quist, Sulakauri Publishing
Speaker: Beqa Adamashvili
Moderator: Sebastian Wolter
18 October, 15:15-16:00
* Hall 5.0, B100

2. Focus on Georgian Poetry

Georgia’s Heart - 33 Poets from Georgia/Presentation-Discussion
Publisher: Größenwahn Verlag
Speakers: Giorgi Lobzhanidze, Zaza Bibilashvili
Moderator: Manana Tandashvili
16 October, 12:00-12:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

3. Focus on Georgian Classics

JAQO’S DISPOSSESSED by Mikheil Javakhishvili and SURAMI FORTRESS by Daniel Chonkadze/Presentation
Publisher: Arco Verlag
Speaker: Christoph Haacker
Moderator: Tilman Spreckelsen
17 October, 15:45-16:15
* Hall 5.0, B100

4. Focus on Georgian Nonfiction

Antonin Artaud’s Metaphysics by Merab Mamardashvili /Presentation
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Speaker: Zaal Andronikashvili
16 October, 14:00-14:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

33 objects telling the history of Georgia by Davit Lortkipanidze/Presentation-Discussion
Publisher: Mitteldeutscher Verlag
Speaker: Davit Lordkipanidze
Moderator: Roman Pliske
18 October, 14:00-14:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

5. Focus on Georgian Children’s Books and Illustrations

Challenges of contemporary Georgian children’s books. The collaboration of Georgian illustrators and Frankfurter Buchmesse/Presentation-Discussion 
Speakers: Hendrik Hellige, Eka Tabliashvili
Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava
17 October, 16:15-16:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

6. Focus on Georgian Art

Gabriadze – the Poet-Painter of Georgia/Book Presentation
Publisher: Sieveking Verlag
Speaker: Rosemarie Tietze
Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili
16 October, 15:00-15:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

7. Focus on Georgian Literature in Translation

Georgian literature in Germany, evaluation and perspectives/Discussion
Speaker: Zaal Andronikashvili
Moderator: Tilman Spreckelsen
17 October, 15:00-15:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

8. Focus on Publishing and Politics

The Writing and the War Zones. Literature after the fall off an Empire/ Discussion
Publishers: Dagyeli Verlag, Intelekti Publishing
Speakers: Mario Pschera, Gvantsa Jobava
16 October, 13:00-13:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

9. Focus on Guest of Honors of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018-2019 - Georgia VS Norway

Guests of Honor on Guests of Honor/Discussion
Publishers: Sulakauri Publishing, Cappelen Damm
Speakers: Archil Kikodze, Bernhard Mohr
Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili
17 October, 12:00-12:45
* Hall 5.0, B100

Dagny Juel Coming to Frankfurt/Discussion
Publisher: Weidle Verlag
Speakers: Zurab Karumidze, Oliver Moystad
Moderator: Stefan Weidle
19 October, 12:30-13:15
* Hall 5.0, B100

10. Focus on Discovering Georgia

Spend 4 Seasons in Georgia /Discussion
Speakers: Mary Jobava, Mariam Gujabidze
19 October, 13:30-14:15
* Hall 5.0, B100

Reception at Georgian National Stand, Hall 5.0, B100
Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 Guest of Honor follow-up presentation
followed by Georgian wine and snacks.
17 October, 17:00-18:00

Georgian Characters in the other Event Spaces of Frankfurter Buchmesse

Picture book TSIKARA based on Georgian folk fairytale/Presentation
Publisher: Sulakauri Publishing
Speakers: Tatia Nadareishvili, Eka Tabliashvili
Moderator: Imke Buhre
16 October, 14:00-15:00
* Frankfurt Kids Foyer, Hall 5.1/6.1

Matchmaking of Children’s books professionals. Unpublished picture books contest winners’ showcase/Happy Hour
Georgian Participants: Tatia Nadareishvili, Eka Tabliashvili
16 October, 17:00-18:30
* Frankfurt Kids Foyer, Hall 5.1/6.1

Meeting with publishers. Focus: Eastern Europe/Happy Hour
Georgian Participants: Tatia Nadareishvili, Eka Tabliashvili
17 October, 17:00-18:30
* Frankfurt Kids Foyer, Hall 5.1/6.1

Workshop for families. Topic: Picture book TSIKARA
Organizers: Frankfurt Kids, Mundo Azul
Workshop held by: Tatia Nadareishvili, Eka Tabliashvili
19 October, 14:00-15:00
* Frankfurt Kids Foyer, Hall 5.1/6.1

Blogger Meet and Greet/Discussion
Publisher: Volland & Quist
Georgian Participant: Beka Adamashvili
19 October, 12:30-13:30
* Hall 4.1, G23/25

EUPL/European Authors Take the Stage in Frankfurt/Discussion
Organizer: EU prize for Literature
Speakers: Beka Adamashvili, Nikos Chryssos, Haska Shyyan
18 October, 14:00-15:00
* Frankfurt Pavilion (Agora)

Saturday, October 05, 2019

VIDEO: kordz & Natalie Beridze - Half-Tone Bubbles. via @CesRecords

Director: Nika Machaidze
Camera: Tato Kotetishvili

Music composed and produced by kordz and Natalie Beridze

Vocal: Natalie Beridze
Lyrics: Natalie Beridze
Mix and Master: kordz and George Gvarjaladze (Gvaji) at Leno Records
Music Taken from CES004 EP "Celebrity Clouds"

Celebrity Clouds availble on 12 vinyl
Release date: 03.10.2019

©CES Records

Celebrity Clouds. By kordz & Natalie Beridze. A 4 track leftfield/idm ep (15m 48s) — released September 20th 2019 on CES Records []

Friday, October 04, 2019

BOOK LAUNCH: Tbilisi - It’s Complicated. Edited by Data Chigholashvili, Nini Palavandishvili, Marike Splint. 10.10.2019 in the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi.

Thursday, 10. Oktober 2019 at 7pm in the State Silk Museum, 6, Tsabadze street, 0112 Tiflis

We are inviting you to the book launch event of Tbilisi - It’s Complicated, an art book by GeoAIR that critically reflects on the changes that Tbilisi has faced in recent decades. Where the official motto of the city is “Tbilisi, the city that loves you,” this book proposes an alternative - “Tbilisi, it’s complicated.”

The idea for this book originated from the projects GeoAIR has realized in and about Tbilisi for over a decade. The contributions consist of adapted projects that took place in the framework of GeoAIR’s artist-in-residence program, as well as works implemented by the organization itself. Several artworks dealing with urban topics of Tbilisi have also been adapted and contributed to this publication by their creators. Additionally, some contributions were made specifically for this book.

Edited by Data Chigholashvili, Nini Palavandishvili, Marike Splint.

Contributing authors: Abandoned (re)creation (Andrea Kalinová and Martin Zaiček), Tigran Amiryan, Oleksandr Burlaka, Tamuna Chabashvili, Data Chigholashvili, Onno Dirker, Paula Ďurinová, Christian van der Kooy, Lado Lomitashvili, Tamar Nadiradze, Nini Palavandishvili, Lena Prents, Ana Ramazashvili, Nino Sekhniashvili, Marike Splint, Katharina Stadler, Sophia Tabatadze, Giorgi Zagareli.

Published by Onomatopee.

The making of the book was supported by GeoAIR, UCLA, CuratorLab from Konstfack and Kunstpunkt Berlin.

Launching event in Tbilisi is supported by Kunstpunkt Berlin. We would also like to thank the State Silk Museum for hosting the event.

The presentation will be held in Georgian with translation into English.

All photos by Geoair Archidrome