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Kyiv Art Week
Maka Batiashvili, Irakli Bugiani, Levan Mindiashvili...

15-20 June 2016


Gathered under the theme of what constitutes the memory in fragments and how the fragments compose an alternative memory of the possible, Project ArtBeat presents works by Maka Batiashvili, Irakli Bugiani, Levan Mindiashvili, Nika Sakhanberidze and Maya Sumbadze. Born in Georgia, the artists stem from the shared history of the republic undergoing the turbulent times of the post-Soviet condition.  The imagery they create is based upon different lived experiences of the times, while all of them use the media of painting and application.


Maka Batiashvili (B. 1975, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Batiashvili accomplished her Bachelor degree in Fine Art at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1997 and since then she works in graphical drawing, oil painting, photography and film.  Her exuberant work depicts scenes from the everyday. Through the subject matter, Batiashvili poses questions around the existential issues of life and death. In her work the everyday life resembles a playground, where various scenes are being performed. Ostensibly unmediated figures and the intense color scheme in Batiashvili's work share stylistic tendencies with the early modernist painting traditions of Georgia and Europe. Batiashvili's practice is an interesting cross between the traditional and the contemporary painting, developing the well-established tradition of painting popular in the republic of Georgia.

Maka Batiashvili lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Selected solo and group exhibitions:

2015 – START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Playground, TBC Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia; Exhibition of Georgian Painters, Contemporary Art Center, Tel Aviv, Israel; 2013 - Untitled, Arundel Gallery, Arundel, UK; 2012 - Untitled, Industrial Gallery, Ostrava, the Czech Republic; 2011 - Black and White, Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2008 - OFF EUROPA Festival, Leipzig, Germany; Photography Exhibition, National Museum, Atlanta, USA.


Irakli Bugiani (B. 1980, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Bugiani accomplished his studies in Fine Art at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 2001. Since then he studied at Ecole des Beux Arts in Rouen, France, at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany and received MA in Art History at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany in 2010.

Bugiani works in painting and collage. His works depict interiors and exteriors of architecture empty of human presence.  The abstract imagery composed with rough strokes of oil on canvas combined with application leave an impression of the yet unfinished work in process. The impressionistic landscapes, seascapes and washed out portraits compose the exploration into the fictional and the historical facts of one's memory. The combination of the subject matter and the working style evoke an unsettling ambiguity.

Irakli Bugiani lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: 2015- Ausstellungseröffnung: 191°S, WELTKUNSTZIMMER, Dusseldorf, Germany; Kunstpunkte 2015, Dusseldorf, Germany; Heritage, RICHMIX Arts Centre, London, UK; 2014 -Crossing the boundaries, AT388, Rotterdam, Netherlands,  2013 - Kunstpreis Junger Westen 2013, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany; 2012 -  Post Coitum Omne Animal Triste Est, Damenundherren e.V., Dusseldorf, Germany; 2011 - Zwischen Gestern und Morgen, Gallery 10, Karlsruhe, Germany.


Levan Mindiashvili (B. 1979, Tbilisi, Georgia)

His artistic research covers topics such as memory and identity - the issues actual in today's post-Soviet culture of Georgia, where the artist was born. Yet the central axis to his works remains the relationship between the private and the public, while questioning the subject/object dichotomies. The series of works presented at Boundaries, create a dialogue between one's most intimate physical spaces and the exteriors of architecture of the suburban New York in fragments.

Levan Mindiashvili lives and works in New York, USA.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: 2016 - (extra)ordinary, the Hollows, New, York, USA; Aesthetics of Repair in Contemporary Georgia, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia, 2015-Structures, The Manny Cantor Center, New York, USA; KIOSK, Odetta Gallery, New York, USA; Suites for Unintended Archeology, the Vazquez Building, New York, USA; 2015 - Heritage, RICHMIX Arts Centre, London, UK; 2014 - Borderlines, the Lodge Gallery, New York, USA; 2014 - Crossing the Boundaries.03, AT388, Rotterdam, Netherlands; 2013 - Urban Identities, Kunstraub99 Art Gallery, Cologne, Germany; 2011 - Movistar Arte Joven 2011, Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Nika Sakhanberidze (B. 1981, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Nika Sakhanberidze established as an artist in Tbilisi, without having any professional training in the field. Since the early 90's he has been having solo as well as group exhibitions in Tbilisi, New York, London, Montreal and other. During 2008-2010 Nika Sakhanberidze studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Sakhanberidze’s practice mostly covers painting and mixed media sculpture. His work also has street art and performance art elements. Sakhanberidze’s iconic work Anbernika Stickers - a five leaf flower sticker spread as a virus. This famous 'Virus' of 2000's has been spread through Georgia and across its borders and still continues to proliferate. His 2015 series of work, commissioned by Project ArtBeat, include mixed media and Acrylic painting. The series bring together general tendencies of the artist's practice. Colour as the central subject of the artistic research, remains at focus, whereas his main artistic goal is to challenge painting as a media. Working closely with sciences such as Botanic, Oceanology and Entomology, Sakhanberidze is inspired by the colours of the sea creatures, minerals, various exotic plants and insects. In his work, he uses phosphorus and other fluorescent colours, which glow in the dark and change their shades according to the intensity of an ultraviolet ray. The artist introduces the colours popular in the Natural sciences and validates their importance in the discipline of art. In 2015, Nika Sakhanberidze's solo exhibition was held at Moving Gallery by Project ArtBeat. Sakhanberide's works were presented at Young International Art Fair in Paris, France, 2015.

Nika Sakhanberidze lives and works in New York, USA.


Maya Sumbadze (B.1972, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Stemming from the graphic design tradition, Sumbadze's work is of a graphical fashion, based on the language of a line. Born in USSR, Sumbadze takes her inspiration from the Soviet aesthetics of  graphic design of utilitarian objects and architecture. Boundaries showcases the selection of her water color work and digital print. The work combines the imaginary and the actual memories of Sumbadze's lived childhood in the USSR and of the present, as the post-Soviet reality.  This is how the boundaries between the experienced and the imagined shift, while composing another reality of the possible.

Maya Sumbadze lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: 2016- Memory and Continuity: a Selection from the Huma Kabakcı Collection, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; 2015- 2nd Tbilisi Triennial S.O.S. Self-Organized Systems, CCA, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2014 - Untold Stories, Video ArtLab., Europe House, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2013 - Pulsart Restart, East Mission Project, Schio, Italy, 2013 - Take me Out, Artarea Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2012 - Tamada's Tutorial, Gallery Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic; 2011 - On the Way, Center of Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2009 - Born In Georgia, CoBra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands.