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GMG Gallery presents Letters - photo project by Georgian artist Irma Sharikadze. The project is composed of several parts: 18 variously sized photos; correspondence between Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her twin sister Maritsa; Frida’s Dream video and unique jewelry by Georgian designer Sofia Gongliashvili. Style and colours of the Asian Collection excellently matched Frida theme.
Correspondence between Frida Kahlo and her twin sister Maritsa is demonstrated in Russia for the first time. The text was written exclusively for the project by Georgian writer Maka Goguadze. The penscript can be found below the photographs.
Irma Sharikadze about her photo project
When I was trying to sum up the past 10 years of my artistic career (I matured as an artist during this time) I noticed the image of Frida Kahlo and decided to make it the topic of my future project.
But I saw her neither pierced by iron handrail, nor punctured by nails or stabbed with knife (as she depicted herself). She was in a lightful grief of her loneliness, childishly looking forward to her high day, her Ascension Day. She hasn’t yet forgotten her pain. She’s still eagerly scrutinizing herself, she keeps a strange diary mystifying epistolary intercourse with her alter ego – fabled Slavic twin sister in whom Frida confides her pain and fears.
The project includes Frida’s Dream video. I designed it as a controlled dream of a gifted person, whose creative impulse is awake even when the artist is dreaming. This impulse imposes artistic forms on uninhibited creations of the artist’s mind.
Thus, Frida’s invisible eye creatively elaborates the artist’s experience in struggling with bitter ambiguity of her attitude towards life and its inner surmount; her human wistfulness and, finally, her commitment to become a martyr.