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David Meskhi - Satellites at Night

9 - 21 October, 2015

Moving Gallery, 10, Dodo Abashidze str., Tbilisi, Georgia

Curated by Mariam Loria

This photographic set, titled Satellites at night looks at a journey through the dusty and colorful prisms of exploration. It portrays surfing on a board in a specific context, delving into the sport's relation with art, photography, philosophy and poetry.

The specific lightbox installation makes the viewer wonder through the objects and make their way out.

Photo chronicles document discoveries made by looking further a field, such as: inspiring places, reflections, images, or jet new concepts with the idea of "miraculous dwells in still".

David Meskhi was born in 1979, Tbilisi, Georgia. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 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.

Artist’s camera is always seeking 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 adolescent. 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.

Since 2004 David Meskhi has been working as a photographer and photojournalist for several magazines. In 2011, artist’s solo exhibitions were held: in Austria (Eternal Distance, Anika Handelt Galerie) and Germany (Higher, Galerie Micky Schubert). Meskhi participated in group exhibitions such as: 2014 PhotoVisa-VI, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia; 2013 Photo Festival of Arles, La Nuit de l’Année, Arles, France; Tbilisi Photography Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2012 Ich Ist Ein Anderer, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 2011 Sunny Side Up, Margate Photo Festival, UK; Explications 1.2, Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia; IMAGO, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; Face to Face, Pobeda Gallery, Moscow, Russia; 2009 I Want a Print, Tel-Aviv, Israel and others.