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The Way Things Work - Group Exhibition at E.A Shared Space

Representation of labor has a long tradition in Georgian culture, especially in cinema. Dating back to 1929 My Grandmother – a film by Kote Mikaberidze, labor, critique of the bureaucracy and siding with workers’ rights has often been present. It is especially for the reason of the precarious labor conditions of post-Soviet Georgia, that representation and reflection upon these conditions have been poor during the times.
"Today, we are experiencing a brilliant come-back of the new ways to talk about labor and the conditions we live in, in the art and cinema of Georgia’s post-post-Soviet moment.
The exhibition gathers works by contemporary art and cinema practitioners: Tekla Aslanishvili, Andro Eradze, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, and Alexandre Koberidze. These otherwise distinct practices are gathered by depicting invisible labor and invisible life belonging to a human and non-human at the same time. Starting with a 3-minute-long video work by Andro Eradze, followed by a 24 min. work by Gagoshidze, 57 minutes film by Aslanishvili, and culminating in a 3h 36 minutes film by Alexandre Koberidze, the exhibition shows the overlap between cinema and the lens-based contemporary art practice.
It is needless to say that the exhibition is dedicated and dictated by the recent Rioni Valley Movement and especially the public speech given by Marita Museliani in Tbilisi, May 23d, 2021.", is written in the description of the event.
Participants are as follows:
  • Tekla Aslanishvili is an artist, essayist and filmmaker living and working between Tbilisi, Georgia and Berlin, Germany. Aslanishvili studied visual arts at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts between 2005-2009 and MFA in experimental film and new media art in the class of Hito Steyerl at Berlin University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Kunstverein Leipzig, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, Florence, Pylon Lab, Dresden, 20. International Film Symposium, Bremen. She is the recipient of the Han Nefkens Foundation Video Art Production Award 2020.
  • Andro Eradze (b. 1993 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2016 Eradze accomplished an informal MFA in Contemporary Art at the Center of Contemporary Art Tbilisi. Eradze’s practice is rooted in cinema and photography, which is a point of departure for his video and site-specific installation practice. His work has been exhibited in Georgia and internationally, including Screens Series, The New Museum, NYC, 2021, Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2020, Photography Forum, Frankfurt Germany, 2018, Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project, Tbilisi 2017, and others.
  • Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze (b. 1983 in Kutaisi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Gagoshidze studied fine arts at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts between 2001 – 2007 and accomplished his MFA in experimental film and new media art in the class of Dr. Hito Steyerl at the UDK Berlin, Germany. In his works, Gagoshidze considers issues such as the moving image, the political background of its production and distribution, and its socio-political significance. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Lulea Biennial, 2020, Kunsthalle Wien, Berlin N.B.K., Graz, and others.
  • Alexandre Koberidze (b. 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works between Berlin, Germany, and Tbilisi, Georgia. Koberidze studied film production at the Film and Theatre University in Tbilisi, Georgia between 2001-2005. Between 2009 – 2020 he studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Koberidze’s work has been screened in Georgia and internationally. He is the winner of multiple awards, including the FIPRESCI award at the Berlin International Film Festival for „What Do We See When We Look at The Sky” (2020) and the Grand Prix of the International Competition at FID Marseille for Let the Summer Never Come Again (2017).