While the hot Tbilisi summer nights are full of bustling lights, people and music, our hideout in Shindisi is calm and relaxed. A perfect setting for yesterday's second part of Tbilisi 16: an evening with mainly performative works by Ramaya Tegegne, Leila Peacock, Ei Arakawa, Scrimpy, Tobias Madison and Dingum. Have a look:
On a windy evening, in the hilly countryside at the outskirts of Tbilisi, a group of locals, foreigners, artists, curators, kids, parents, taxi drivers and gas station owners gathered to celebrate the first evening of our Tbilisi 16. It felt like the beginning and the end at the same time: An ecxited festival mood was in the air as more and more visitors found their way to the site in Shindisi, while some of the artists could finally rest after working for days.
Thanks everyone for coming today – you made this opening night perfect!
Ana Ramazashvili and GeoAIR introduced us to Gldani, a suburbian area of Tbilisi. They took us to this almost separate city of its own and showed us life in Georgian suburbia, how it continues through Soviet apartment blocks and through the public spaces that are changing in the face of capitalism.
GeoAIR organises and supports international exchange projects bringing together artists and curators from different cultural backgrounds and finding relevant contexts for them to work in.
Two more days until Tbilisi 16! Have a look at the preparations on the exhibition site in Shindisi, Georgia: