New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) 2019
Tamo Jugeli and Keti Kapanadze

5-8 December 2019

For New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Art Fair 2019 Project ArtBeat is proud to present a group show by Tamo Jugeli and Keti Kapanadze.

It is impossible to demarcate in postmodern and discrete art world female-feministic notions. Both determinations and artistic forms of self-expression are the wholeness of irreversible and eclectic particles. Simultaneously the following logic question is arisen and perished in the germ - Which one is more reactive, acute weapon- feminism or femininity? 

Dialogue of two Female artists - Tamo Jugeli and Keti Kapanadze, displays artistic discourses of different decades, quests and transformation of visual icons. Keti Kapanadze’s conceptual artistic storytelling, based on aggressive, ironic modus operandi is extended and represented on the new platitude. Tamo Jugeli’s paintings contain transgressive, fluid and intuitive visual particles with which are mingled formation of two distinguished artists   in the way of dialogue.

Given Booth is a simulacrum of renaissance-like mise-en-scene. Icon of Madonna, creating a compositional firmness and symmetric axis, is substituted with a phallic iron object. In renaissance paintings character and identity of Madonna was determined with an architectural background of interior. In this case, character of Keti’s phallic Madonna is created with Tamo’s fluid painted works of nontraditional geometric frames. Tamo Jugeli’s impersonal painting is an intuitive stream of color-form. Organic and amorphous local stains are identified with women, in whose womb creators of masculine culture were just miserable. Keti’s central phallic iron objects and small sized phallic mirror objects of early periods are united with numbers as transmitting codes. Small sized utopian numbers are increased ambitiously in a masculine way.  Hammers of different sizes and forms scornfully deconstruct and disintegrate male dynamics, absurd marching process. An ironic and vulnerable plot, made of 3 photos, depicts „toy story+18“. Emotional layer of teddy bear and Barbie erotic act is discharged with material-utilitarian qualities of toys. Soft, fluffy tissue of teddy bear is weak and utterly impotent toward firmly produced silicone body of Barbie.

Text Author
Kote Bolkvadze

Tamo Jugeli


Tamo Jugeli is a young, Georgian emerging artist born in 1994. During 2013-2017 she studied Journalism at David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia and only started painting after. Soon she became mentored by internationally renowned artist and writer, Gia Edzgveradze.

Jugeli acknowledges her main aim in creativity to be adapting and expressing in visual arts Helene Cixous’ concept – “L’ecriture feminine”, unified space/spirit of feminine new vitality expressed in her paintings; where geometric forms and figures representing meta-physics are merging into exploding variety of twisted spaces, many planes in different perspectives and numerous emotional layers. Her large mixed media canvases but also round and oval shaped smaller formats are a good visualisation of her practice’s main aim.

Selected solo and group exhibitions:
2019 - NADA Miami, Miami, USA; The Institut für Alles Mögliche, artist residency, Berlin, Germany; 2019 - Handler - John Riepenhoff, Gallery ArtBeat, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2019 - Tbilisi Art Fair 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2019 - “You Know What?! I don't Have a Good Feeling about Cakes Around Here”, Gallery ArtBeat, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2018 - Art-Villa Garikula, artist residency, Garikula, Georgia; Archetypes, Art Up - Street Gallery, Batumi, Georgia.

Keti Kapanadze

Keti Kapanadze was born in Tbilisi in 1962 . While still a student at the Art Academy in Tbilisi, she produced her first conceptual graphical and photo works in 1983, she was the first conceptual artist in Georgia in Soviet times. Since that time her works are part of the permanent exhibition of the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the USSR at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, USA.

From 1990 to 1999 she worked abroad, supported by scholarships from the Sheffield City Polytechnic, the cca Contemporary Art Center, Glasgow, the BAK Swiss Federal Foundation, Berne, and the IAAB Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel. She also won First Prize in Photography awarded by the “Open Society Georgia” in 1997 in Tbilisi. She was also one of the editors of the Georgian art magazine “Signal” which she helped launch in 1998.

In 2000 Keti left her country for Germany, supported by the Baumann Stiftung. In 2001, she was invited as Visiting Professor for the Painting Class a Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. In 2007 she was awarded a scholarship by Cité des Arts in Paris, Ministry of Science, Research and Culture, Paris, France. Her works are in important European collections, such as Staatsgalerie State Stuttgart, and the Museum Bochum. Today, Keti lives and works in Bonn, Germany.