Between the Orient and the Occident
Tbilisi (Tiflis, Tbilissi, თბილისი, Тбилиси, Τιφλίδα), the capital city of Georgia, is the sixth venue for the EVROVIZION project. As a result of Georgia’s geographical location – sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas, Asia and Europe, and the Orient and the Occident – Tbilisi has repeatedly found itself at the mercy of major powers.
Over the centuries, Tbilisi has been conquered by the Persians, Ottomans and Russians, and each time it was integrated into the empire of its conquerors. From 1801 until 1918, Georgia was part of the Russian Empire, followed by a brief period of independence that came to an end when the Red Army invaded in 1921 and the country was annexed by the Soviet Union, of which it remained a part until Georgia declared independence in 1991. This 190-year period has had a major impact on the country. As a result of military conflict with Russia in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, two regions that are internationally recognised as part of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – have become de facto states that are closely tied to Russia. However, a majority of the country – and the people of Tbilisi in particular – would like to join the European Union. Tbilisi is also the centre of cultural life in Georgia, with numerous museums, universities, cinemas and theatres. The varied cultural influences to which the country has been exposed are particularly evident in the city’s architecture, including the old town with its medieval street plan and building structure, as well as places of worship for various religions.
The Georgians not only have their own Caucasian language, but also their own alphabet, with 33 artfully curved letters whose origins can be traced back to the third century AD. This alphabet is not related to either the Latin or Cyrillic alphabets. Thanks to its language, the country has been able to maintain its identity despite being occupied on numerous occasions.
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2020
The Kunsthalle Bremen presents ten promising positions in contemporary art. Renowned curators such as Johan Holten, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Bettina Steinbrügge have nominated ten artists from German-speaking countries, whose works can be seen in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen from August 29 to November 1, 2020. The nominees included also artists from the EVROVIZON project: Janine Jambere, Henrika Naumann and Nevin Aladag
Selma Selman - Risk Change
*In 2018, I was part of the third international interdisciplinary art exhibition Personal, as part of the project Risk Change for which I received the White Aphroid Award for my works Dangers of the Body, The Body in Danger, Viva la Vida We Who Are Dreaming of. As part of the Risk Change project, my work was a part of My Art Is My Reality exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (CR), curated by Sanja Kojić Mladenov. The Risk Change project gives a chance for those artists who genuinely GIVE so much attempt for change of society while using art, technology, and mobility. Therefore, it allows us to think outside of the box and make sure that we can have a better future if you all respect those categorized as others. *Selma Selman
Emilija Škarnulytė at Kunsthaus Pasquart
EMILIJA ŠKARNULYTĖ – Sunken Cities at Kunsthaus Pasquart, 3 July – 29 August With Sunken Cities (2021), Emilija Škarnulytė creates an immersive film environment in the Galeries, in which the different rooms function as a time-line. She produces the effect of total immersion in a multi-dimensional landscape in which our gaze is duplicated by the mirrored ceiling and we simultaneously become witnesses of a future, contemporary and past world. The artist opens the perspective with this black, reflective surface, allowing us to experience it as a visual horizon that looks like an ocean of liquid oil.
Nevin Aladag, Kunstforum, Bd. 262
Kunstforum, Bd. 262 Borderlines **Nevin Aladağ** Mustergültiges für unsere Zeit Ein Gespräch von Sabine Maria Schmidt Nevin Aladağ gehört aktuell zu den international gefragten Künstlerpositionen aus Deutschland. 1972 geboren im türkischen Van, ein Jahr später umgesiedelt nach Stuttgart, ausgebildet in München, ansässig in Berlin, steht sie für eine Position, die fern politischer Identitätsdebatten freie künstlerische Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten findet. In zahlreichen Werkserien untersucht sie die Kraft und den Erfindungsreichtum von kulturellen Transfers. Ihre Arbeiten handeln von Selbstbestimmung, Rollentausch, Fremdwahrnehmung und Multiperspektivität. Klischees und vorgeformtes Wissen werden grundlegend hinterfragt. Und sie nutzt die Poesie von Stimmen und Klängen, die sie unterschiedlichsten Körpern und selbstgebauten Instrumenten entlockt.