IN MAY 2020 RIA KEBURIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR GEORGIA-BASED ARTISTS SUPPORT IN THE TIME OF THE ONGOING GLOBAL PANDEMIC. THIS PROJECT IS A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE BETWEEN OUR FOUNDATION AND NEW YORK-BASED CURATOR AND ARTS WRITER NINA MDIVANI.
OVER SIXTY PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINES (PAINTING, SCULPTURE, TEXTILE ART, OR CONCEPTUAL PROJECT) DIRECTLY CREATED IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19. THE SELECTION HAS BEEN MADE
THREE ARTISTS RECEIVED MONETARY AWARDS of $500 IN THE MEDIUMS OF:VIDEO ART
Mariam Natroshvili & Detu Jincharadze, State of Emergency,
"The indefinite present, called the state of emergency, began about two months ago, and who knows how long it will last.The main signs of a new reality, the main characteristics, are isolation and distance. We don't know the results yet. We have a vague present that, like an abandoned game, is frozen and endless."State of Emergency" is a deserted game, a video game as well as 3D installation. It's an excerpt from the abandoned game we live in now.The lines from this diary are thoughts accumulated over the course of a month.The city has become like time, a labyrinth that is endless and uncertain." PHOTOGRAPHYSofi Mdivnishvili,
"Photos included were taken from the day when lockdown started in Tbilisi. I wanted to express my inner sound in this situation with my photos to shoot them in the same style but to show fear, loneliness, anxiety and self-exploration with a body language. Every body is a new story for me, with its own lines and marks and I always try to read them correctly to retell these stories to others with the help of photography.So my pictures are the result of my first expression about their bodies. But everyone can see different emotions, colors, stories in these body parts."PAINTINGTeona Yamanidze,
series Temporary Shelter
"This s an ongoing project that I have started during the pandemic. I am trying to refer to the current state of mind as I have found myself locked in my Tbilisi apartment. Though most of the images may represent my surrounding now I have decided to add the fictional component to what is seen inside the rooms we live in. Some of the images are of my room, apartment and creatures I live with and some are still images from my favourite films that refer to isolation and exile. It is up to the viewer to decide what is real or not."
IN ADDITION EIGHT ARTISTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS RESIDENTS FOR OUR SUMMER SESSION
AT AMBASSADORI RESORT KACHRETI. SOME OF WORKS CREATED BY ALL THESE ARTISTS WILL BE EXHIBITED IN A PLANNED EXHIBITION IN OCTOBER.