Maia Naveriani - New Wave Tourist
Gallery Artbeat presents ‘New Wave Tourist', a solo exhibition by Maia Naveriani.
'The tourist - an image of a leisurely traveler, a curious adventurer and a wonderer always appealed to me and often occurred in many of my works.
And now, locked up in isolation, with no possibility of travel, the term 'tourism' has become even more intriguing and inspired me to work with new texts.
The sudden and dramatic change of normality, caused by the pandemic, and the insecurities brought by this shock have destabilised every system - psychological, cultural, social and political.
But the fear of the unknown and this contemporary, fragile chaos have provoked the excitement of a possible new journey - the opportunity of new wave tourism.
This interlude gives us the chance to revisit well-known sites, leaving old sentiments and history behind in anticipation of finding unpredictable twists and configurations of a new future that feels more transparent and ethereal' - Maia Naveriani.
Maia Naveriani studied under Gia Edzgeveradze before completing her formal training at the Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi. Having moved to London, in 1989, she was nominated by Annely Juda Fine Art for the the Vordemberger Gildewart Foundation international prize in 1999, which she won.
Since then she has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both public and commercial spaces including Fordham Gallery, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Neues Kunstforum, Cologne; Museum Wiesbaden; Museum Bochum; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; Netwerk, Aalst; Cirius Art Centre, Cork; Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York and CoBra museum, Amsterdam. She also became a member of the group Everything is Alright founded by Gia Edzgeveradze, taking part in many performances in public spaces including Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Museum Bochum, Bochum and Museum Kunst Palatz, Dusseldorf. Maia Naveriani is represented in Germany by Galerie Voss, Dusseldorf.
The artist lives and works in Tbilisi and London.