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Photographic Art from Georgia

Andro Eradze » Dimitri Ermakov » Natela Grigalashvili » Nino Jorjadze » Lado Lomitashvili » Dina Oganova » Koka Ramishvili » Alexandre Roinashvili » Mariam Sitchinava » Daro Sulakauri » Guram Tsibakhashvili » Beso Uznadze »

22 September – 18 November, 2018
Opening: Friday, 21 September, 7 pm

FFF Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

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From the series "Episodes from Post Soviet Life", 2014–2016 © Andro Eradze
What inspires today’s photographers in Georgia? Where are the roots? How do the photographic artists reflect upon their own identity? The exhibition "PICTURE LANGUAGES. PHOTOGRAPHIC ART FROM GEORGIA" provides answers and viewpoints presenting twelve important photographic 'voices' of Georgia’s relatively unknown scene. Their works, mainly created since the end of the Soviet Union, show current trends and developments: Documentary images of Georgia’s struggle for independence, forms of portraiture, studies of tradition and symbolic places can be seen.
One main aspect of the exhibition are the works of young photographers born in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They consistently work in coming to terms with the identity of their generation and the experimental handling of the medium of photography. In addition the exhibit provides insight into Georgia’s history of photography: with reproductions of the early artists Dimitri Ermakov and Alexander Roinashvili and the first female war photographer Nino Jorjadze. Through this, the exhibition imparts impressions from the history and from modern life in Georgia – and as well various artistic positions of its contemporary photography.
From the series "My Place", 2011–2013 © Dina Oganova
Guram Tsibakhashvili can be viewed as a photographic chronicler of soviet and post-soviet life in Tbilisi and other regions in Georgia. His images poetically reveal a society on the brink of survival and political ambiguity. Natela Grigalashvili documents the hardships as well as the simple joys of everyday life in Tagveti, her childhood-village. Her black and white photographs act also as memories of her time growing up. Beso Uznadze’s series of portraits of Georgians living in Tiblisi and London started before the 2008 Russian and Georgian conflict; the faces disclose the tension of the times. The rich hues of these portraits is further developed in his nude series »Delusion«: Working with digital techniques he brings an airy feel of Cubism into his photography.
In a photo-journalistic essay Daro Sulakauri exposes the precarious existence of the aged infrastructure and the manganese industry’s environmental impact in the once booming mountain mining town Chiatura. Dina Oganova and Mariam Sitchinava, both born in the late 1980s consistently work in portraiture of their generation and coming to term with identity, using photo books and social media. Andro Eradze and Lado Lomitashvili inspect how society reacts to communal space using conceptual artistic tactics including film and installation. Koka Ramishvili scrutinises nature and possibilities of the photographic process: through different media he pushes the viewer to think about what is visible or hidden in the everyday world.
Tschiatura. From the series "Black Gold", 2014–2015 © Daro Sulakauri
This comprehensive exhibition, curated by Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, is a cooperation with Creative Georgia, Georgian National Book Center and Frankfurter Buchmesse, on the occasion of Georgia as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018, with the generous support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. "PICTURE LANGUAGES. PHOTOGRAPHIC ART FROM GEORGIA" is accompanied by a catalogue (in German and English). Special events such as lectures, discussions and workshops with leading Georgian photographers, curators and experts are planned.
For more information about the exhibition and the accompanying special events see www.fffrankfurt.org
Untitled. From the series "Delusion", 2017 © Beso Uznadze
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