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Kolga Tbilisi Photo Kicks off Next Week – Festival Program

Event Start Date: 04 May, 2018 - Event End Date: 11 May, 2018

Kolga Tbilisi Photo will be opened on May 4. Within the framework of Kola Tbilisi Photo week, along with Kolga Award exhibition,  Tbilisi will host various international and local exhibitions featuring both historically significant images and photographic works depicting various positions in contemporary photography.

For “KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2018” visitors will have a chance to get familiar with the works of the world-renowned photographic artists and view the various international photo exhibitions.

Under the framework of “KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO” workshops, seminars, discussions and portfolio reviews will be organised to underline our philosophy to support the further promotion of art of photography as one of the new media forms among Georgians and to advance them in their development.

Program:

May 4 – Opening Part of Photo Week

The musical host– Killages

Opening time: 20:00 pm

Address: Dodo Abashidze Street N10

May 5 -Soviet Bus Stops in Georgia – Nanuka Zaalishvili

Opennig time: 15:00 pm

Price: free

Address: Egnate Ninoshvili Street 8, Fabrika yard

”My “hunting” for Soviet Bus Stops started in 2015 and covered all regions of Georgia with soviet bus routes. These small architectural forms represent the vision and style of Georgian architects, designers and artists working in the Soviet Union. They are some of the most important heritage of Georgian architecture from the Soviet era,”-says Nanuka Zaalishvili.

May 5 – Svaneti 1889 – Vittorio Sella

Opening time: 17:00 pm

Price: free

Address: National Archives of Georgia, Vazha-Pshavela Av. #1

Vittorio Sellas photos are distinguished from his contemporary documentary photos. He uses his artistic intuition and captures life, customs, ethnographic types and nature of mountainous Georgia, exotic and strange to the Europeans of the end of 19th century. As a member of English 40X40 club, he decidedly refused to use the reduction techniques of optical material and printed his photos on big-size glass photographic negatives according to the chemical process invented by Sella himself and that made a great artistic expressiveness.

May 5 – I have Seen the Light – Thomas Dahmen

Opening time: 19:30 pm

Price: free

Address: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, Karvasla, 8Str Sioni

The project started as a result of a big frustration after having failed to get a proper signature from Robert Lebek, a German photojournalist legend. This frustration led into the idea to take a Polaroid of the photographer and ask him to sign it. Right from the start it was clear that he only would take pictures of photographers he likes or admires. Not just everyone. A very personal series… In 2014 he switched to the Polaroid Big shot and from than on he only used this camera for his series. At he same time he visited The Photo Book Museum in Cologne and was so very impressed by the exhibition that he decided to photograph most of the people involved. He often visited the museum of and got to know a lot of photographers and other people from the photo scene.

May 5  -And Then There Was Silence – Jan Grarup

Opennig time: 19:30 pm

Price: free

Address: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, Karvasla, 8Str Sioni

The And Then There Was Silence exhibition turns world renowned photographer Jan Grarup”s work into a spectacular journey. But not just a photo-exhibition. It”s a fist, a punch to the gut. It doesn”t show wars, it shows war. It doesn”t show the poor, it shows poverty. Not conflicts of the world, but a world in conflict. The exhibition is designed to be a strong visual experience that will be hard to reflect over carry around with you after having experienced it.

May 5 – Meinrad Schade – Unresolved

Opennig time: 19:30 pm

Price: free

Address: I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, Karvasla, 8Str Sioni

Meinrad Schade is a Swiss photographer, born in 1968. He is based in Zurich. He attended the first course in photojournalism to be held at the Medienausbidlungszentrum MAZ in Lucerne. After that he worked as staffer at a daily Swiss newspaper. In 2003 he joined Look at Photos in Zurich. Since that time he”s working as a freelance photographer specialized in portraits and documentary photography. Grants allowed him to follow long-term projects. In 2008 and 2011 he has been shortlisted for the “Henri Nannen Preis”. In 2006 and 2010 he has been selected for the Swiss Photo Award. In 2011 he won the main price of the Swiss Photo Award. In 2013 he won the “n-ost-Reportagepreis” and he is nominated for the “prix pictet”.

May 5 – In the company of Strangers: Americans parade -George Georgiou

Opennig time: 19:30 pm

Price: free

Address: I.Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum, Karvasla, 8Str Sioni

Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election and the constant media conversation on demographics, I decided to explore this question through that most American of activities, the parade, more specifically, the community that views the parade

Through details, gestures and interactions, the work explores the individual, family, community and the social and political fractures that have left Americans walled off from one another along lines of race, class and geography, an American that stands divided and is slowly being replicated in Europe.

May 6 – Sarah Moon – Le Petit Chaperon Noir

Opennig time: 17:00 pm

Price: free

Address: Art Palace, 6 St. Kargareteli

The tale of Charles Perrault, published in 1697, has been the subject of many rewrites, adaptations or illustrations. Among these, those of Sarah Moon. Her work is interesting in many ways. Indeed, photography has a high power of evocation and narration. Sarah Moon keeps but updates the story, reformulates it in her language, that of photography. It also anchors it in a contemporary reality, in the reading of the various facts, thus removes the reader from the magical world of tales, to get closer to the original text of Perrault, very dark.

May 6 – Shared Waters

Opennig time: 18:30 pm

Price: free

Address: Artarea Gallery, 10St. Dodo Abashidze

The Kura and Araks rivers have united communities living across the South Caucasus for centuries, providing a lifeline to people on either side of human borders. However, the interests of each nation often clash, leaving many issues, like water contamination, unaddressed. Neglected, daily life grows bleaker by the day for those whose livelihoods depend on these waters. Shared Waters portrays the connections between the lives of those living along both rivers, documenting their struggle and resilience.

May 6 – Daro Sulakauri – Changing Horizons

Opennig time: 20:00 pm

Price: free

Address: Tbilisi, 54 Rustaveli Ave.

”Growing up in the 90’s, I have witnessed civil war, the Revolution, and numerous violent demonstrations, 2008 Russian – Georgian conflict that is ongoing still today as the boundaries of Russian occupied territory are manipulated daily by occupying forces.
Throughout, I work to document stories in my country”s political and social life, depicting our peoples’ daily struggle for survival and the many facets of their day-to-day life challenges.”

May 7 – Levan Kherkheulidze – Spirits

Opennig time: 18:30 pm

Price: free

Address: TBC Art Gallery/ 7St. Marjanishvili

”I entitled this series “Spirits”. Among Georgian equivalents of this word its essence probably is best expressed by the notion of “state of mind”. I agree with the photographer Edward Steichen, who said: “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.”

may 7 – Laerke Posselt, Mads Greve – Nowhere Near

Opennig time: 19:00 pm

Price: free

Address: TBC Gallery, 7 Kote Marjanishvili St, Tbilisi

 two internationally acclaimed Danish photographers Mads Greve and Laerke Posselt have joined forces and have produced a new collaborative work specifically for Kolga Tiblisi Photo where it will be shown for the first time.

May 7 – My Face is Your Landscape – Max Cardelli

Opennig time: 19:30 pm

Price: free

Address: TBC Gallery, 7 Kote Marjanishvili St

”Capturing the expression of someone”s soul is very difficult, because that expression comes when one is alone, immersed in the endless reflection of when we are lost within ourselves: it is uncommon when we are in front of a camera, and rarely when the subject knows we are taking their picture. But sometimes it happens, and it’s a minor miracle.”

May 7 – Revolutions. An Alternative Gaze – Bill Owens

Opening time: 19:00 pm

Price: free

Address: TBC Gallery, 7 Kote Marjanishvili St, Tbilisi

Fifty years after the symbolic date of 1968,the exhibition proposes to investigate those artistic expressions that were inspired by political and cultural protests, revolutionary hope, libertarian impulses of 68.Starting from the first riots against the Vietnam war, to continue with the student movements, those expressions have developed an attempt to create new “political” and “popular” artistic languages.

May 8 – Badri Vadachkoria’s Twentieth Century

Opennig time: 19:00 pm

Price: free

Address: The Folklore State Centre of Georgia, 68 Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave.

He was working for State TV and Radio Corporation and was a reporter of the “New Georgian Newspaper” in central and Eastern Europe.
Badri Vadachkoria as a schoolboy acquired interest in photography. During his career, he photographed several political events of Georgia. He published several books about Georgia and received numerous awards and prizes. His works were exhibited in many cities of the world. Badri Vadachkoria is nominated for the Aleksandre Roinashvili prize, which was established to commemorate the first Georgian photographer.

May 10 – Issue me a visa and I will shoot photos – Anna Kacheishvili

Opennig time: 19:00 pm

Price: free

Address: Artarea Gallery, 10St. Dodo Abashidze

”My American dream started when my uncle held me up with ears. This dream was changing its color and shape every year, was becoming bigger. Most of my friends live there. I”ve traveled with them in different Americas in thoughts. America – diverse and infinite. I tried going there but returned with a refusal twice from the embassy. Several years ago my friend told me: “Don”t worry, you”ll definitely arrive here. Tomorrow I”ll go out in Time square and you”ll see me with a street camera.” Those cameras were a huge discovery for me that time. I liked them so much that every evening and at free time I turned on the computer. By the help of this camera, I used to watch american life, streets, cities. I used to observe american people, was looking for acquaintances. America is a rhythm. There”s a lot of energy and music in the air. Maybe this longitude is the connection. Or maybe I”m mistaken? No one knows. My dream didnot come true, but I captured America from my house. Grant me a Visa and I”ll shoot!”

May 11- Brainiacs – National Geographic Georgia

Opennig time: 19:00 pm

Price: free

Address: S. Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3, Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi

National Geographic announced 2018 as the Year of the Bird and launched the 12-month multi-platform exploration in partnership with National Audubon Society, BirdLife International and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to examine how changing environment is leading to dramatic losses among bird species and what we can do to prevent this. Why birds matter? – Because they are our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding.