Aesthetics of Repair in Contemporary Georgia, Tartu Art Museum

Levan Mindiashvili_TARTmus_Web“Aesthetics of Repair in Contemporary Georgia”
24.03.-29.05.2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24, 18.00

Participating artists:
David Bostanashvili, Group Bouillon, Thea Gvetadze, Levan Mindiashvili, Giorgi Okropiridze, Nino Sekhniashvili, Sophia Tabatadze
Curator: Marika Agu
Consultant: Francisco Martínez

Tartu Art Museum is pleased to present international group exhibition “Aesthetics of Repair in Contemporary Georgia”, which conjures the practices of refurbishing and fixing in its multiple dimensions: material, symbolic, personal and social. Repair refers, for instance, to notions of “remont” and “khaltura”, which express a state of permanent unfinishedness, unstable equilibriums and low-key engagements. The works exhibited grasp collective dynamics and personal notions of craftmanship and care.

During the opening of the exhibition, on the 24th of March at 18.00, the 6-membered artist group Bouillon will give a performance, which will remain in the show in the form of an installation. Previously to the opening, at 17.00, the Berlin-based artist Sophia Tabatadze will present her project “Pirimze”, based on a research work about a building which functioned as the repairing centre of all possible things between 1971–2007.

On the 26th of March, at 12.00, a “Georgian Brunch” has been organised to present the book and meet with artists Nino Sekhniashvili and Thea Gvetadze, and with group Bouillon. The event will be held in English.

The exhibition is accompanied with a book of the same title.
Editors: Francisco Martínez and Marika Agu
Designer: Vahram Muradyan

The publication provides a kaleidoscopic overview of social dynamics and material culture in contemporary Georgia. The authors include National Geographic reporter and Pulitzer awarded Paul Salopek, internationally renowned curators Joanna Warsza and Irena Popiashvili, as well as several art historians and researchers, Lali Pertanava, Rene Mäe, Juuli Nava, Aimar Ventsel, David Bostanashvili, Marcos Farias Ferreira and Costanza Curro.

Thanks: Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi, Nikoloz Gambashidze, Aap Kirsel, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Joan Puig, Ana Riaboshenko, Peeter Talvistu

Sponsors: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, City of Tartu, Marani Georgian kitchen

Additional information:
Marika Agu
Curator of Contemporary Art
588 17802
marika@tartmus.ee

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