HERITAGE (London Edition)
January 7 – 31, 2015

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, UK

Tato Akhalkatsishvili, Uta Bekaia, Irakli Bugiani, Levan Mindiashvili, Cristian Tonhaiser

organized by cARTveli Art Foundation in collaboration with RICHMIX and Dash Arts

Opening reception: January 7th, 6.30 – 7.30 pm.

Q&A with artists hosted by Dash Arts artistic director Josephine Burton: 7.30 – 8.15 pm

Live music: 8.15 pm onwards



Press Release:

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.


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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.


Installation View:





GEORGIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM | Sh. Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts

International multimedia project
November 14 – 24, 2013

Levan Mindiashvili (USA, Georgia)
Invited artists:
Cristian Tonhaiser (Argentina)
Uta Bekaia (USA, Georgia)
Irakli Bugiani (Georgia, Germany)
Tato Akhalkatsishvili (Georgia)

opening reception: November 14, 6 pm.
1. Gudiashvili st. 0105 Tbilisi, Georgia

Lela Tsitsuashvili (Curator, Georgian National Museum)
Tatia Gvineria (Curator, Tsinandali Al. Chavchavadze Museum, Georgia)
Kristine Darchia (National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia)
Irine Shengelia (Artist)

Project is supported by:
Ministry of Culture of Georgia
Media support: TBC Art Area TV, Rustavi2

Georgian National Museum is delighted to announce HERITAGE – an international multimedia project showcasing the works of Georgian artists based in the US and Europe; in dialogue with the special guest from Buenos Aires and a local artist from Tbilisi.

Since early 90’s, alike any post-soviet country, a main concern of Georgian society has been re-defining and re-constructing its own historical identity. The reference for these attempts are idealized ancient history and mythological “traditions”, but a recent past or current experiences.

Our project intends to raise awareness of the importance of cultural, social and personal heritage as a continuous living experience; as well as critical, demythologized, analyses of glorious past. We strongly believe that a dialogue among varied cultural experiences and different points of views regarding these matters serves for wider exploration of the concept and enriches its enormous output.

Levan Mindiashvili (working between Buenos Aires and New York City), Uta Bekaia (based in New York City), Irakli Bugiani (based in Dusseldorf), and Tato Akhalkatsishvili (working in Tbilisi) belong to the generation of artists born in the late years of the soviet regime who have personally experienced intense transitions among several mentalities and political structures. Artistic research of these artists is influenced by an inevitable merge to proceed contrasting experiences of these last three decades. Every one of them is exploring identity issues through a very personal and unique point of view and expanding their local, regional socio/cultural background to the global experience.

Cristian Tonhaiser, multimedia artist born in Buenos Aires, a child of immigrant family from Italy and Slovakia is exploring the influence of the western culture and religion in his complex, multilayered photographic and video works. Almost genetically transferred religious beliefs serve him as a metaphor for contemporary understanding of construction of identity.

Important part of this project is the educational program. During the exhibition will be held open talks with participating artists, scholars and experts. Artists themselves will prepare special guided tours for schools.






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