cARTveli Art foundation in collaboration with RichMix and Dash Arts is pleased to present
multimedia art project Heritage.
Exhibition Preview: January 7, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Screening of Tamuna Karumidze’s movie Zahesi 708, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Q&A with curator hosted by Dash Arts Artistic Director Josephine Burton 7:30-8:00pm
Live Music performed by Theko Parajanov 8:00 – 8:30pm
Aferparty 8:30pm – 12 am
RichMix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E16LA
HERITAGE presents collaboration between Levan Mindiashvili, Tato Akhalkatsishvili, Uta Bekaia, Irakli Bugiani and Cristian Tonhaiser. Long-time collaborators, the artists embarked on a investigation into historical, social and cultural constructions and how these make up integral parts of the biological, mental and physical heritage of an individual. Levan Mindiashvili, who dedicates his oeuvre to the question of identity, developed the concept for the exhibition. A Georgian by birth, it was natural for him to address and muse on the identity of his homeland, which is in an active process of redefining itself, and similar to most Post Soviet countries, struggles with a disintegrated and at times conflicting value system. Irakli Bugiani, much interested in collective memory, researches Soviet Architecture and is confident that the built environment plays a crucial role in shaping of the psyche. Tato Akhalkatsishvili concentrates on the claustrophobic feeling of inescapability, the leitmotif of his generation’s teenage years, just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Uta Bekaia, making a conscious decision to remove himself from a specific historical context, explores the concept of Heritage from a universal perspective and the cyclical nature of human experiences. Cristian Tonhaiser, inspired by Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik contemplates family relations and sacralizes these ties. There is a dynamic interplay between private and public, personal and universal, empathic and cruel in the way these artists approach and investigate the notion of Past. Mindiashvili, Bugiani and Akhalkatsishvili each address the recent past of Georgia, late Soviet times and early independence years; loaded histories of disappointment, malfunction and at times stagnation. The exhibition aims at awakening the urge for self-reflection and critical evaluation of social and cultural experiences and their place in the shaping of individual perceptions.
The opening of the exhibition will screen a film by Tamuna Karumidze, Zahesi 708 (2001)
and a video performance Fuasia Tatasia by Uta Bekaia.
Zahersi 708 is a diploma piece for Karumidze’s Audio/Video media Design course that captures a week in Tbilisi in 1990s. The documentary footage depicts jagged life of the city- the streets, house parties, fashion shows, endless faces of people just hanging around. A combination of sentimental, vibrant, ugly, lovely and at times not so much, the film portrays the charm of Tbilisi, forever confused and absurd.
Uta Bekaia reinterprets a pagan spell, Fusia Tatasia performed to heal and dispel evil spirits that was often practiced by the artist’s Mingrelian (region in Georgia) grandmother. The androgynous figures fight, dance and pray for one’s better luck.
Tato Akhalkatishvili Born in Tbilisi in 1979, where he currently lives and produces his art. After graduating from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 2003 he started exhibiting his works on international art fairs, solo and group exhibitions and projects in the United States, Japan, Europe and Georgia. He is the winner of several national and international art prizes, among them are two 1st Prizes at the International art Fairs in 2005 and 2007 (Both Germany together with the “Figurative Art Studio”) and the 3rd Prize for the best painting at The Winter Salon of The National Gallery of Georgia. His works are kept in private collections worldwide.
Uta Bekaia A New York based multimedia artist and designer, born in Tbilisi in 1974. He graduated from Mtsire Akademia as industrial designer and debuted as artist at Tbilisi Avant-Garde Fashion Assembly (AMA) in 1998 with his first art/fashion collection. Since 1998 he has lived and worked in New York City. Uta has worked on numerous theater and movie projects as art director and costume designer. He creates wearable sculptures for performances and multimedia installations. Bekaia has participated in art fairs and fashion weeks in New York (US), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Toronto (Canada), Paris (France), Maastricht (Holland), Brighton (UK) and Berlin (Germany). His creations have been reviewed in publications including The Village Voice, Time Out New York and The Wall Street Journal.
Irakli Bugiani Born in Tbilisi in 1980. In 1998 / 2001 he studied at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. In 2001 he moved to Germany to study at The State Academy of Fine Arts of Karlsruhe (Graduated in 2006). He obtained a master degree in Art History at Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf (2010), where he currently resides. He has held five solo shows in Germany and Croatia. Among his awards are the Portrait Prize of Freiburg University (Germany), Artist Stipend of the City of Dusseldorf (Germany), Residency at AZ Gallery, Zagreb (Croatia) and Kunstpreis Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Tamuna Karumidze Multimedia artist was born in Tbilisi in 1975 where she currently lives and works. She had obtained a Master Degree of Audio/Video media Design at The University of Arts of Berlin (Germany) in 2008. Her main field is a video / underground cinema which she explores to create installations and environments. Her works have been screened at various International Film Festivals, Art Forums and Exhibitions in Germany, Georgia, Netherlands, Austria, France and Switzerland. Besides her personal projects, she had worked as an assistant director at various movies, such as ‘Chantrapas” of Otar Ioseliani, ‘Game” of Nika Machaidze, ‘Triger Tiger’ of Salome Machaidze, etc.
Levan Mindiashvili A multimedia artist and independent curator, born in Tbilisi in 1979. He currently lives between New York (US) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). After graduating from Tbilisi Sate Academy of Art in 2003, he started exhibiting his works and participating in various art events/art fairs throughout Europe, Latin America, United States and Georgia. In 2010 he obtained MA degree in Cross Media Arts at Buenos Aires National University of Arts (IUNA). During 2009-2012 he worked as a curator at Laguanacazul Art Gallery (Buenos Aires), organizing art projects involving local and foreign artists. During the same period he performed at the experimental theater company Ensamble Caustico (Buenos Aires). Among his awards are FABLES Commission Grant for Public Art Project, New York City (US, 2014), Movistar Emerging Artist of 2011 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the 3rd Prize for Drawing at the Salon Museo Metropolitano (Buenos Aires, 2010).
Cristian Tonhaiser A Photographer and video artist born in Buenos Aires in 1966. He studied graphic design at the National University of Buenos Aires where later on he was teaching for two years. His debut as a photographer at the 1st Biennale of Young Art was awarded with the First Prize. He exhibits his works extensively in Argentina, US, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Canada and Georgia. In 2010 and 2011 he was commissioned video art pieces for the curator’s Carte Blanche screenings at The Festival of Photography and Video Art (AVIFF) in Cannes (France).
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We would like to thank the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, TBC Bank, ARDI Insurance Company, NES Gallery and private donors for their support.
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