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In the Corridor of Conflicts. Abkhazia 1988-1995 in Museum of Literature

In the Corridor of Conflicts. Abkhazia, 1989-1995 - a new exhibition will take place in Tbilisi, in the Museum of Literature on October 4 and will be lengthened to October 29. 

5 years ago, Georgian and Abkhazian group of researchers started gathering Abkhazia-Georgia conflict-related materials supported by Conciliation Resources and Swisspeace.

After the conflict, the process of creating the archive of collective memory continues and aims to impartially revive historical events before the armed phase, during the war, and after conning. 

Nowadays, several thousand exhibits are gathered and structured. These are the documents, newspapers, photos, and particularly, video and audio interviews with people, who were true witnesses of these processes. Among them are politicians and militaries, who were making a decision in Tbilisi and Sokhumi, also, inhabitants of the regions, who appeared to be in this conflict zone. 

The exhibition - In the Corridor of Conflicts. Abkhazia, 1989-1995 is the first attempt for archive to be introduced with society. The exposition represents hitherto unknown documents and assertions, forgotten newspapers and photos.

During the three weeks, regular discussions and events will be held. 

The visitors, who have their own story about the Georgia-Abkhazia conflict, the authors of the exhibitions provide them to be part of creating the archive and share the history.

The exhibitions tell us the events, which determined destiny of Georgia in the course of several decades. Soviet Union was destroyed. Georgia became an independent country. On the year of 1991, Georgian-Ossetian armed conflict began and Georgia was filled by intestine war. After this, the conflict began in Abkhazia, which sacrificed thousands of lives of people from both sides.

All this was enclosed with destitute inhabitants, energy crisis, corruption and political instability.

Armed conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia in the years 1992-1993 became the central event of this period. Today, the politicians who made decisions at that time, are publicly active today too. Thousands of people remember, what was happening in that period. Some of them turned out to be in the epicentre of conflict, and the rest of them are living in the context of conflict already many years. 

The exhibition is located in three rooms and tells stories happening before armed conflict (1989-1992), during the war (1992-1993) and after the war (1993-1995).

Multiple verses of "The Truth" about Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, which unites audio and video interviews, create a basis to rethink and reconsider these events again. 

The organizers and supporters of exhibition are:

The exhibition is held and financially supported by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, The EU, Sigrid Rausing Trust and Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of Great Britain.  

Gogroup Media, CIPDD, Studio Re, Conciliation Resources, swisspeace, group of archive researchers, curators of the exhibition and many other were part of the working process.