From the Shores of the Black Sea

Date: 16 Sep. 2016 – 08 Oct. 2016

Museum: Tbilisi History Museum

Georgian National Museum Tbilisi History Museum in frames of the project "Contemporary Art Gallery" invites you to the exhibition "From the Shores of the Black Sea". The opening event will take place on September 16, at 6:30 pm. 

The project "Contemporary Art Gallery" aims to support the development of the Georgian contemporary art locally and regionally, as well as in the international arena.

This time, the Tbilisi History Museum will host the second international exhibition project, which brings together artists from six countries: Georgia - Lia Bagrationi; Romania - Sebastian Moldovan; Turkey - Nezaket Ekici; Bulgaria - Mariana Vassileva; Russia - Iced Architects; Ukraine - Nikita Kadan.

The exposition will showcase installations created in different media, video art and ceramic works. All of the artists share the same source of inspiration - the Black Sea.

The exhibition "From the Shores of the Black Sea" will last until October 8, 2016.

Four presentations of the participants are scheduled within the framework of the exhibition “From the Shores of the Black Sea”:

Mariana Vasileva: September 14, 5 pm
Sebastian Moldovan: September 15, 5 pm
Iced Architects: September 16, 5 pm
Nikita Kadan: September 17, 5 pm

The project "Contemporary Art Gallery" is being implemented with the support and coordination of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

Address: Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla), 8 Grishashvili Str. Tbilisi, Georgia. 


Nezaket Ekici

NEZAKET EKICI - Discipulus

Ideas come from everyday life situations, social and cultural atmospheres. I express the idea in the performances and installation art, using the body as a means of expression. The subjects I deal with are time, movement, space, material, body, action/interaction. I try to create works of art that leave free space for associations and new possibilities for the viewer.

BIO: Nezaket Ekici was born 1970 in Kirsehir (Turkey). She lives in Germany since 1973. Her works include performances, Installations and videos. She studied at Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Fine Arts Academy Munich and then Performance Art with Marina Abramovic. Recent solo exhibitions include Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2015) and group exhibitions:Petach Tikva Museum Israel (2015); Kunstmuseum Ravensburg (2015); Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, (2015); Performance festival Bern (2015); Pera Museum Istanbul (2016); and the 56th October Salon Belgrade (2016).


ICED ARCHITECTS - Transgression

What is today known as the Black Sea, once used to be a freshwater lake with fertile shores...The shore line, seemingly so harmonious and stable, has evolved due to numerous natural cycles and processes. In our project we are trying to create a space of unaltered horizon and expand its borders.

BIO: The group „Obledinenie Architectorov" (Iced Architects) was founded in Moscow in 1993. Its current members are Alexei Kononenko (1968) and Ilya Voznesensky (1970), Both graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute. Prominent works include  "Facility on the Bering Straits and the International Date Line" (2002) "Bridge Along the River" and "New Moscow" (2003), "Outdoor Suspension Gear for Around-The-Clock Habitation" (2003).


Nikita Kadan

NIKITA KADAN: Everybody Wants to Live by the Sea

Hidden memories of the peoples, nations and states struggling for possession of the Crimean peninsula along with the artist's personal memories are transformed in a semi-documentary display of imagery and distinctive architectural forms. Drawings of the geometrical shapes of modernist architecture, reminiscent of the Soviet paradise built on the Crimean Tatars' territory after its ethnic cleansing, are superimposed on documentary photographs of the new Tatar settlements.

BIO: Nikita Kadan was born in Kyiv in 1982. In 2007 graduated from National Academy of Fine Art (Kyiv) where he studied monumental painting. Since 2004, he is a member of R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space) artists group. Kadan won the Pinchuk Art Centre main Prize (2011) and Special Future Generation Art Prize (2014). Recently, his works have been exhibited at Kunsthaus Zurich, Pinakothek der Moderne, (Munich), Institut d'art contemporain (Lyon), the 14th Istanbul Biennale, the 56th Venice Biennale and 1st Kyiv Biennale. 


Sebastian Moldovan

SEBASTIAN MOLDOVAN - All Along the Watchtower

I propose a site-specific installation assembled from a set of objects, materials and images found in and around the site of the exhibition. The work is an architecture of alternative memory, a drawing that is not explicit but, which invites the reading of the entire journey in a way that is spark novel interpretations and narratives.

BIO: Sebastian Moldovan works across various media, especially installation.  His recent solo exhibitions include: Artist Survival Kit, Jan Dhaese Gallery, Gent (BE) in 2010 and Dreamcather at The Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu (RO) in 2011. His recent group exhibitions were South by South-East, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2015), Times Museum Guangzhou (2016), Reflection Center for Suspended Histories, Venice Biennale (2013).


Mariana Vassileva


When life was a sea and the shoes were boats.

In every boat is a human life that is fighting with the big wave to stay in this wonderful world.

BIO: Mariana Vassileva was born in Antonova, Bulgaria. She studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany. She lives and works in Berlin since 1990. Recently in 2015, she held a major exhibition: Mariana Vassileva, ‘Balance' at the Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia (2013) and at the Kunstverein Ruhr e.V. / Essen. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including ‘Walk the Line,' Wolfsburg Museum, Wolfsburg in 2015 and the Busan Biennale 2014.


Lia bagrationi

LIA BAGRATIONI - This is a Pot

 "We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want."- Lao Tzu.

My work "This is a Pot" attempts to reveal the invisible emptiness that Chinese philosopher writes about.

BIO: Lia Bagrationi is a Georgian artist who lives and works in Tbilisi. She graduated from State Academy of Arts in 1980. Bagrationi is a member of IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) based in Geneva. She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Design at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. In 2000 she received the Grand Prize in the First Symposium of Georgian Ceramists.