Shaping Identity

Date: 24 Dec. 2016 – 20 January 2017

Museum: Tbilisi History Museum

Georgian National Museum Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, within the frame of the project "Contemporary Art Gallery", invites you to the exhibition "Shaping Identity". The opening event will take place on December 24, 2016 at 4 pm.

Project "Contemporary Art Gallery" aims to support and promote contemporary art in Georgia, fosters opportunities for Georgian contemporary art to be shown locally, regionally and internationally.

This time Tbilisi History Museum will host the exhibition of young Georgian artists "Shaping Identity", which was already presented in Kiev Art Week (June, 2016) and was the first show within the frame of the project "Contemporary Art Gallery".

The exhibition focuses on new emergent artists in Georgia, showing the continuing vitality and level of experimentation in the contemporary art. Exhibition draws together seven Georgian artists, who work in Georgia and abroad: Levan Mindiashvili, Ana Chaduneli, Tamar Mchedlishvili, Davit Meskhi, Giorgi Tabatadze, Ana Ziraqashvili and Gio Sumbadze.

Each artist presents his particular world, where people play out their dreams in the communal and private spaces. The need and possibility of experimentation represents a culture in the process of shaping its distinct identity.

The project "Contemporary Art Gallery" is implemented with a support and supervision of Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

The exhibition "Shaping Identity" will last until January 20, 2016.

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



Levan Mindiashvili


Selected works belong to Mindiashvili’s ongoing project “Unintended Archeology of (un)Place” which expands to large scale paintings, sculptural objects and mixed media drawings. The paintings – rigorously rendered in several layers of acrylic paint and gel medium – mimic vintage, pixilated photography and questions our perception of the past and ‘taught’ (mythologized) history. While, paintings keep ‘loyalty’ to their source material (the artist’s own snapshots from travels to his native Georgia), the sculptures, on the other hand, are summarized images of experiences and memories from the many places he has lived. Some details might allude to a particular apartment in Brooklyn or a house in Tbilisi, but they are merely hermetic remnants of what once might have been a home. Rendered in pigmented plaster, they visually and superficially mimic a steady, permanent concrete, yet the fragility of his chosen material outlines the temporal and ephemeral nature of the notions of ‘place’ and ‘home’ in today’s society. “… As for many, today, a sense of place is more accurately characterized as a sense of displacement… (Dan Fox, “This Must Be A Place”)


Levan Mindiashvili’s practice expands upon paintings through installation and sculptural objects exploring the complex relationships between communal and private spaces. He was born in 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mindiashvili emerged as an artist in Germany, while starting to participate in various art-related projects. He received his BFA in sculpture from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and realized post-graduate studies in Crossed Media Arts at The National University of Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his awards should be mentioned Commission Grant for Public Art Projects from National Endowments for Arts, New York 2014 and Emerging Artist of 2011, Movistar Arte Jóven, 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Tar- tu Art Museum, Estonia; Hathaway David Contemporary, Atlanta; ODETTA, Brooklyn; RichMix, Lon- don; Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi; Recent solo exhibitions include “Unintended Archeology” (with Uta Bekaia), The Lodge Gallery, New York; “Studies For Unintended Archeology”, The Vazquez Building, Brooklyn; “Borderlines”, The Lodge Gallery, New York; “Urban Identities”, Kunstraub99

Tamar Mchedlishvili


There is one basic method to get information from the world and it is text, which has graphically different visual according to the appearance of the written language. Firstly, picturesque was the main part of the text. The picturesque meaning reduced when in the world appeared phonetic language with the graphic signs. In XIX century there was added Braille alphabet for blind people. This alphabet can be read only with touch. In the modern world touch-screen is also thematic. A touch-screen sys- tem offers people to obtain and disseminate information. In XX century the information spread process was very easy. Today we only meet minimalist bar codes in the streets. One of the most popular methods is quick response, which keeps a large number of information. QR can be read only with special technique. For that QR is similar of Braille alphabet. We need to know Braille alphabet combinations to read the text as well as the code of QR. Therefore, the work “Read the text” is an interactive object that aims to identify the text coded in Braille by using the new technologies via reading the “bar code”.


Tamar Mchedlishvili was born in Georgia in 1979. She lives and works in Tbilisi. Tamar is a PHD student of Art History and Theory in Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Humanities. In 2006 Tamari graduated Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University, Art studies Faculty. 2012-2013 She studied at the Center of Contemporary Art- Tbilisi. Tamar works in different media like painting, installation, sound, photography and performance. She participated in various international exhibitions. Since 2014 she is a member and co-founder of art group New Collective for Art, which is a social organization with the mission to make the language of art approachable to resident of Georgia.

David Meskhi


While jumping on a trampoline, the world beneath the gymnast momentarily transforms. He is blown away, leav- ing everything behind, but as soon as he gets back down, everything has to start over again. People in gymnasium stand nearby with exhausted faces, chatting about current affairs or politics, occasionally yell at kids. Trainers give a sad, lengthy look to each of his perfectly performed actions.


David Meskhi is a photographer based in Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. After gaining a Master’s Degree in Hydro ecology, Meskhi decided to change his profession entirely and turned to art. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Photo Journalism at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Since

2004 Meskhi has been working as a photographer and photojournalist for several magazines, and his artworks have been exhibited in Georgia, Germany, France, Austria, Israel, Russia and the UK. Artist’s camera is always seek- ing for signs of life. The artworks reflect how photography becomes the instrument to idealize the existence and underline the means for sharing emotional experiences. Most of Meskhi’s works show concealed layers of adoles- cent. The artist gets his inspiration from kids and he looks into their own forms of expression. Visually the artworks begin their existence as a set of photographic images, which break the boundaries of time. Meskhi captures young people whose bodies defy the law of gravitation. Meskhi pursues existentialist ideology in his artworks. His photos represent Meskhi as a photographer and as an individual. Quiet sadness and melancholy oppose optimistic, vivid characters full of joy of life. These characters express idealism and at the same time reflect the feeling of sorrow. This is perhaps the bottom-line of the message the photographer tries to pass on.


Giorgi Tabatadze


Monument to an Unknown User - the project is based on an image of a vacant portrait that in social media signifies an unknown user or a profile that is missing a photo. In the context of social media this image is known signifier and does not require further explanations but what happens when this image/icon translated into three-dimensional object? The process of “translation” brings to light contradiction between two modes of public space; namely traditional public space (with its monuments of famous people, naming of the streets, historical sights and other public signifiers) and new modes of public space offered by social media and cyber space. These two cannot be simply and easily translated into each other. Monument to An Unknown User is a clear example of such conflict between virtual and real worlds and underlines the impossibility of an adequate “translation.”


Giorgi Tabatadze was born in Georgia in 1980 now he is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From 1997 till 2005, Giorgi studied in Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (Sculpture department). In 2010 he graduated as master of fine arts at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Main topics of Giorgi’s works are imagery that our culture and media circulates on the both ends of production/consumption cycle. In Netherlands he is a founding member of the group ‘Focus LAB’, which is an organization traveling throughout the cultural land- scape of Netherlands, organizing meetings and group discussions around different topics. In 2014 he organized Focus LAB meetings at Foam / Photography museum Amsterdam and EYE / Film Institute Amsterdam. Girogi participated in various international and local exhibitions such as International project - “The Third Space”, Leipzig, Germany 2015, Project Media-Graffiti in Tbilisi, Georgia

2013, Complicated Relations II in KalmarKunst Museum, Sweden 2011, Kunstvlaai Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010. The current groups of sculptures titled: Monument to Unknown USER has been exhibited at the exhibition “Thought Experiment” at KiK Kolderveen, Netherlands 2014 and at Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project, Tbilisi, Georgia in 2014.

Gio Sumbadze


In 2013 Gio Sumbadze represented Georgia at the 55th Venice Art Biennale. Archi- tectural project “Kamikadze Loggia” was inspired by informal architecture in Tbilisi. Gio Sumbadze is a member of an artistic group GOSLAB in Tbilisi, Georgia.


Gio Sumbadze is a multimedia artist. He works in photography and has video works/ installations. In addition, he makes graphic design. His artworks focus on architec- ture and structure of the nature as well as on the architectural planning which some- times repeats shades of the nature and even confronts them. As he says his “artworks are typological documentations of space and time”. The artist takes feedback from who/what gets into his lens. This is the main source of inspiration for him. Gio Sum- badze has been participating in the art projects in Georgia and out of the country since 1990s. He cooperates with Georgian and foreign curators and artists.


Ana Chaduneli


In this video Ana is trying to show how maps and architecture of a modern city are being transformed and how this process affects its citizens. Aftermath of Soviet Union blended in with modernity, buildings designed with indepen- dent construction plans spread with high density in the city that is rapidly growing. She envisions this space as a low- tech video game, minimalist, black and white animation, with an imaginary pattern, like labyrinth. The spectators are game players; they have to choose their direction at the crossroad. The city dictates their motions.


Ana Chaduneli a Georgian Artist. Born in Georgia in 1990, she lives and works in Rustavi and Tbilisi. In 2013 Ana grad- uated Tbilisi state academy of arts architecture faculty and 2012-2013 she studied at the Center of Contemporary Art Tbilisi. Ana works in different media like installation, video, sound, photography graphics and painting. Her works are focused on the research between digital and natural materials. From 2000 till now Ana has participated in many in- ternational exhibitions, among them: France (villa arson, Nice) (EESAAB, Rennes) KV Kunstverein (Leipzig, Germany), Villa arson (Nice, France). In 2014 she was chosen for residence in Norway (Nordics artist’s center Dalsasen). From

2014 Ana was a Founder and member of female Artists collective “new collective”. In 2015 she become winner of Georgian young artists, science, writers award “Tsinandali award”, in Visual art. Her videos are part of Georgian Video arts archive. In 2015 she was selected for art Residency Stiftung Binz39 (Zurich, Switzerland). In 2015 Ana participated in Georgian Ukrainian show “Manifest Through Form- A Route of Evanescence” within the frame of parallel program of Istanbul biennale as well as in Kiev biennale 2015.

Nino Zirakashvili


In the process of building, the future becomes impossible without new vision. Rusty nail- outdat- ed and frozen in time ideologies, which can’t stand the time. Frightened people cling the rusty past and try to build the future.


Nino was born in Tbilisi (1989), lives in the city Rustavi. In 2005 she has entered in college where she studied designing and modeling of clothes. The gained experience, gave her the possibility to successfully pass the entrance exams of Tbilisi Academy of Art and to gain the 100% scholarship in While doing her Bachelor Degree 2010-2014, Nino deepened her artistic vision, she was trying to find the different materials for her works, and her good knowledge of car- pet, tapestry, batik, thick felt techniques helped her a lot. Most often, she fined urban lifestyle and modern men to be her inspiration. Currently she is working on her last year of MA of Visual Arts at Tbilisi State Academy of Art. Nino works with philosophical issues, and pays equal attention to visualization and aes- thetic side. At the same time she take part in the festival of contemporary art Fest I nova 2016.