Gvanta Jishkariani and Tamo Jugeli - Two Solo Shows
Who will record history?
“Trees swimming in the sea
Flagman on top of the tree
Three men tear out a tree
The tree that had roads built and waters part?“
Gvantsa Jishkariani is based in Tbilisi, Georgia. After studying at Tbilisi State Academy of Art (BA in Architecture) she gained an Informal MA in Inclusive Mediation at Center of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi. In 2017, she won Tsinandali Award in visual arts.
Jishkariani is an artist whose primary medium is installation. Her work addresses first and foremost the topics of expectations, beliefs and taste. The temporary nature of the paradox that arises when searching for concrete definitions of right and wrong, east and west, old and new is one of her subjects of interest.
Gvantsa’s art is inspired by serendipity and intuition. She starts each work with preconceived composition and idea, but mostly without preliminary sketches. She wonders how ancient superstitions, social media and surrounding trashy images influence on everyday life; how emotions, memories, views and personality is created.
Since 2014 she, with ten other female artists is part of an art group New Collective. In 2017, Jishkariani founded Patara Gallery in an underpass shop in Tbilisi, which is a space for experimental, denied or not-yet-seen art and for game-changing young artists. In 2018 Gvantsa co-founded a The Why Not Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia.
“You know what?! I don't have a good feeling about cakes around here” (Carolin Eidner)
‘People don’t have bread’ - they complained.
‘Let them eat cake then’ - answered Marie Antoinette
“Women have been greeted with cakes and buns when entering the patriarchal world. The cakes have also been given appropriate romantic/pathetic names: ‘goddess’, ‘mother’, ‘courtesan’, ‘fire-keeper’ ... - exactly bakery assortment type - and sugar, as is widely known, is white death. So today the venom filled nature of Patriarchate has become obvious and the utterly cynical attitude of Marie Antoinette towards social affairs has gained deep meaning: patriarchal society only deserves cynicism because of the criminal nature of its symbolic values. Societal impotence and its historical/criminal self consumerism can only be covered with cynicism. And Marie Antoinette’s words are a sarcastic gesture of the feminist view entering history.
Today only country bumpkins can believe in cakes.
Cake free woman’s conscious has made space for free-flowing games - beyond rational-logical conscious, symbolic hierarchies and their subordinate structures. Islands of emotional intensities have become intercrossing spaces. Here lies the ecstatic ex-static opening of breathtaking spaces, where no one is invited to compete and games are only for demonstrating individual nature.
Getting full with cakes has been replaced with disembodied energetic dance and woman is the only one bringing this to the world today with her intuition which has been oppressed for centuries.” - Gia Edzgveradze
Tamo Jugeli is a young, Georgian emerging artist born in 1994. During 2013-2017 she studied Journalism at David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia and only started painting after. Soon she became mentored by internationally renowned artist and writer, Gia Edzgveradze.
Jugeli acknowledges her main aim in creativity to be adapting and expressing in visual arts Helene Cixous’ concept – “L’ecriture feminine”, unified space/spirit of feminine new vitality expressed in her paintings; where geometric forms and figures representing meta-physics are merging into exploding variety of twisted spaces, many planes in different perspectives and numerous emotional layers. Her large mixed media canvases but also round and oval shaped smaller formats are a good visualisation of her practice’s main aim.
Selected solo and group exhibitions:
2019 - “You Know What?! I don't Have a Good Feeling about Cakes Around Here”, Gallery ArtBeat, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2018 - Art-Villa Garikula, artist residency, Garikula, Georgia; Archetypes, Art Up - Street Gallery, Batumi, Georgia.
Photo Credit: Angus Leadley Brown