I See With My Fingers

Date: 12 June 2016 – 20 August 2016

Museum: Museum of Georgia

From June 12, Georgian National Museum and art center "Foliant" present the exhibition "I See with My Fingers" at Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia.

The exhibition showcases artworks by the professors and students from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, students and their teachers from a variety of creative and educational institutions. Most of the artworks are created on topic of the Poem "The Knight in the Panther's Skin" and are dedicated to the 850 anniversary of Shota Rustaveli.

Among the objects are signified ones made by children and adolescents with eye disorders. These objects are felt with light, motion, sound effects, touching and physical involvement, a certain play and theatrical effects.

After harmoniously combined theoretical and practical creative process the new environment for collaborative art projects was established. Forms and contexts of the installations can be read with consideration of visual and sensory perceptions of people with eye disorders. In these works has changed the perception of viewers as well as the artist's approaches to the creation process.

The exhibition also showcases ceramic vessels and bronze axes from the Late Bronze Age, preserved at Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia; The easel of the Georgian National Artist - Rusudan Javrishvili (1918-1999) ; For the first time in Georgia, for those who "see with their fingers" the exhibition presents wine labels produced by the local traditional winemaking, written in Braille and artworks made by dentistry center "Albius".

The project is curated by the artist Ketevan Matabeli. Co-organizers are: Apolon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, students from The Public School for Blind Children №202, students from Elene Akhvlediani Gallery studio and Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery art studio.

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On July 3, from 4 pm as the part of the exhibition, the installation “Sacrifice – The Static Drama” will be displayed.

The installation “Sacrifice – The static Drama” encourages viewers to perceive the act of Sacrifice from various angles: conceptual, historical, temporal, memorial, personal, metaphysical, mystical, all depending on their personal background, knowledge, feeling and attitude to the proposed symbols. Upon entering the space the viewers involuntarily become participants in the installation as they are plunged into the ambience of musical and visual symbols that demonstrate violence through poetic form.

The concept of Static Drama is intended to involve visitors into the process of thinking about the suggested theme and to immerse them in a participatory event within the created space. The space is designed in such a way that almost all the senses - vision, hearing, smell and touch - contribute to the perception. A visual symbolic world, as well as the sound installation, are purposely created and reflect the dramatic concept behind the installation. The fragrance (the smell of incense is one element that signals the theme of Sacrifice) and the physical contact with organic materials (viewers are requested to leave their shoes outside the installation space and walk on the wool that covers the floor) create additional meaning, as well as the ‘blood’ that falls in drops from the head of the main figure. These effects create a performance space where the artists’ concepts pass through the viewers’ thinking process, permitting a wide range of interpretations.  

Various Materials are used in this installation: Mannequin, wool, wooden and metal constructions, tank, hose, glycerin, natural paint, engine, vine switch, reservoir, lighting, speakers, sound, incense…

The project has already been held in Prague (12th  Prague Quadrennial, 2011) and Tbilisi (Artisterium 2012).

The installation is created by Gio Janiashvili (overall concept, visual design and sound installation) and David Janiashvili (visual design and the technical construction).

The project is supported by Tbilisi City Hall, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, The advertising company "Mosaic Holding", LTD "Bene".

The exhibition "I See with my Fingers" and the installation will last until August 20, 2016.

Address: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3 Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia.