Edward Curtis and Evdokia Kozhevnikova: Earthly and Sacred Universes

Date: 02 Nov. 2017 – 15 Feb. 2018

Museum: Svaneti Museum

The United States Embassy in Tbilisi and the Georgian National Museum are showcasing the photo exhibition "Edward Curtis and Evdokia Kozhevnikova: Earthly and Sacred Universes".

The photographs illustrate Native American life witnessed by Curtis and photographic documents by Kozhevnikova who illustrated life in Georgia's mountainous region of Svaneti. The displays underscore remarkable comparisons - similarities and differences - between the cultures of these two ancient populations and the approaches of those who documented them. 

Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) is known today as the principal storyteller of Native American peoples and cultures. Between 1900 and 1930, Curtis crisscrossed the continent, documenting more than 80 tribes through thousands of photographs and sound recordings. This life-long project was published in 20 volumes of text and beautifully printed photographs, entitled "The North American Indian". 

In 1927, soon after graduating from Saint Petersburg University, Evdokia (Dina) Kozhevnikova (1905-1975) visited Svaneti upon the recommendation of her Professor, Niko Marr, a well-known Georgian linguist and ethnographer. Kozhevnikova studied the Georgian and Svanetian languages and collected ethnographic materials from folk festivals and sacred rites in Svaneti. Twelve thousand handwritten pages and three photographic albums provide invaluable materials about life there in the early 20th century. 

The exhibition is implemented with the generous supported of Library of CongressGeorgian-American University and State Silk Museum

Exhibition opening: November 2, 2017 at 3 pm 
Exhibition Duration: 2.11.2017 - 15.02.2018
Working Hours: 10:00-18:00 (daily, except Monday) 
Address: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. 7, A. Ioseliani Str. Mestia, Georgia