Exhibition “Aliving Visual Diary”
Time & Location
26 Nov 2023, 19:00
T'bilisi, 14 Pavle Ingorokva St, T'bilisi 0108, Georgia
About the event
“Aliving Visual Diary” is a celebration of the diverse voices and perspectives within the world of photography. Appreciating the craftsmanship and creativity of these artists as they present a kaleidoscope of images that challenge, inspire, and resonate with the soul.
Exhibition represents art of storytelling. From rare artworks from private collection, that spans the personal moments, offering a rare and emotive insight into the lives of the famous artists, to experimental weave tales of reality, providing a unique glimpse into the human experience.
The exhibition also celebrates the avant-garde spirit of experimental photography, pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques to create visually striking and thought-provoking imagery. From breathtaking landscapes that transport viewers to distant realms to the meticulous beauty of still life compositions, every photograph on display tells a story of its own.
Giorgi Shengelia is a photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Operating through materials,
spaces, sources of light, and image, and obtaining multi-layered images through
modifications, is Giorgi Shengelia’s recent artistic challenge, aspiration, goal, and desire.
The space of his experiments turns the image into a kind of ‘visual haiku’, which is saturated
with melancholic delicacy and nostalgia for the lost, faded world; and similar to haiku, it
seems to fit the whole universe in 17 syllables. The multi-layered image, the artist is working
in the darkroom is loaded with meanings and the increasingly rare luxury of enjoying the
ephemeral in the relentlessly accelerated rhythm of rational modernity, along with the
reflections on infinite to finite.
„In my photographs, which I have been taking for years, I discovered that the same images
keep appearing: flowers on the graves, grey hair, pools of blood during the mountain
celebrations, fading plants, cemeteries, lifeless animals left on the roads… I see the
connection between these images. None of the photographs depict a person. Each
photograph is a still life, and a symbol of life’s transience and the certainty of death. It has
become my way of fighting the fear of death, by understanding it through the medium of
photography“ – Giorgi Shengelia
Giorgi Shengelia was born in 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated in Power Engineering
and Telecommunication from Georgian Technical University in 2006 and moved to Florence,
Italy with his family. It was while living there that he developed his interest in art and
photography and in 2012 he decided to follow the courses of photojournalism at Fondazione
Studio Marangoni. After completing his first personal project (Four Rooms on everyday life of
Georgian women migrants in Italy) he returned to Tbilisi where he works as a freelance
photographer. In parallel with his documentary work, he develops a more plastic and more
Nino Alavidze is an artist based in Tbilisi, Georgia. After receiving a master's degree from
the Faculty of Easel Graphics of the Tbilisi State Art Academy (1995-2001), she further
honed her skills at the Faculty of Photography (2002-2006). Since 2005, her career has
revolved around the advertising industry, where she has worked as both an artist and
photographer. Since 2013, she has been actively contributing to the photo bank of the
English-language information platform, www.agenda.ge. Through this platform, she has
shared her captivating photo stories. Additionally, she has collaborated with various
international as well as local organizations and media companies as a freelance
Her photographic pursuits encompass various genres, including documentary, reportage,
advertising, and alternative approaches.She has participated in various group exhibitions,
both in Georgia and abroad. One of her primary interests lies in capturing the landscapes
and inhabitants of highland regions of Georgia. She is captivated by the personal narratives
of individuals and their daily lives, as well as the transformation and potential disappearance
of traditions, rituals, and religious practices over time. In her recent personal projects, she
delved into themes centered around the concepts of time, presence, and the observation of
its passage. She seeks to visually depict the experiences and sensations accumulated in the
subconscious mind through the incorporation of landscape and different elements from
Anna Kacheishvili is a photographer based in Tbilisi. She often records the surrounding
world based on her experimental research and subjective point of view. Her photo lens often
captures people, objects from a different angle and at the same time with their own
perspectives. The intensification of the moment, the contrasting effect of light and shadow as
a result of Anna's searches is revealed in her black-and-white and color photographic works.
Anna Kacheishvili captures even imaginary reality with complete dynamics and subjective
accuracy. Her latest project "Grant me a visa" she expresses a dynamic, social, colorful,
improvisational America from the Google Street camera views which are photographed by
the artist. “My dream didn't come true but I photographed America, I photographed America
from my home...grant me a visa...!" - Anna notes in her artistic statement.
Anna Kacheishvili became professionally interested in photography in 2016 and became the
awarded photographer at various festivals in the first years. This was already enough for her
works to go beyond the borders of Georgia. Currently, Anna is working on several
independent projects: “what if”, "Lost highway", "Where is God".
She attended different workshops within the framework of the festivals. Anna had eight group and one personal
exhibitions. Her solo project “Grant me a Visa” was realized at Artarea gallery space. She is
the winner of many competitions and her photos are exhibited in different countries. Her
photos are also in private collections (France, Germany, India and others). She won the
Anagi photo contest where Anna received the Grand Prix - Trip to Rome. Also, two of her
works were selected in Kolkata International Photo Contest (India).
Giorgi Lomidze (b.1986) - Painter behind the lens
Giorgi, has been immersed in the world of drawing since his early years. His creations
vividly portray emotions through a rich palette of colors, suggesting that, for him, colors have
evolved into the primary method to express emotions. Following his exhibition in 2015,
photography became a significant focus, and by examining his photos, it becomes evident
that his pieces not only infuse emotion into colors but also transport a sense of light and
emotion through the interplay of simple, light, and black-and-white tones into visitors. For
him, photography is a way to share his unique perspective with others.
Tea Nili is a conceptual digital artist based in Germany, currently lives and works in Tbilisi,
Georgia. Through the analysis of digital imagery, disintegrated and minimalistic
reconstructed forms, Tea Nili develops a common methodology of her practice. In the
presented series, the accuracy of the forms obtained through the decomposition of the
image represents the "Anatomy of Existence", as mentioned in the title of the work. In this
manner, Nili constructs her own coded reality and, in a way, reacts to the unconscious
tendencies and ideologized characteristics of surrounded reality.
Wolfgang Ernst, researcher and theoretician of media art at Humboldt University in Berlin
represented his concept media archeology “De-historicising Art History: Bringing Back
Foucault’s “Archéologie“ in relation to Tea Nili’s art practice. As Enrst describes Nili’s works
“cold” algorithmic sorting of images results in a different kind of imaginary museum. Tea Nili
actively participated in different group shows in Georgia and abroad, including “Trajectory of
Thoughts”, TBC Concept/Gori Art House, Georgia 2022-2023; Art Palace Georgia Tbilisi,
2013; Georgia Berlin Gallery, Germany, 2013; IberArt Gallery, Germany, 2013.