Maia Naveriani: Gone Here Today Tomorrow

25 August – 14 October, 2018

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Maia Naveriani

Gone Here Today Tomorrow - მეჩდე ამჩუ ლადი მ'ხაარ

GNM Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

A text in one of my recent drawings is Women Today Gone Tomorrow that's derived from a common English expression Here today - gone tomorrow. Despite the meaning of the original phrase (referring to something temporary and transient), some kind of sense of ambiguity intrigued me and I intuitively felt the possibility of multiple interpretations. There was a strange sense of time and I could not quite feel if it was a threat, promise or warning. It remained a didactic and rigid statement which even my “edited” version could not change... Joking about it with friends we started to rearrange the words and suddenly we all felt that the new juxtaposition became playful, alive, meaningful and free... with no ambition to preach, just gently suggesting a new order that could open up a space with total freedom of countless variations of meanings and forms. On a symbolic level I feel this is how a new female narrative is eventually penetrating the patriarchal culture and is destabilising it with humour, soft tremors and unpredictable “shifts”. It's exactly this decentralised and refreshed female gaze that challenges and undermines the myth of the existing system and I believe that eventually might lead to a final break into an entirely new space and consciousness.

Gone – illusion is gone

Here – in my consciousness

Today – I step

Tomorrow – I change

Maia Naveriani (Born in 1966, Georgia) lives and works in Tbilisi and London. The artist studied under Gia Edzgeveradze before completing her formal training at the Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi. Having moved to London, in 1989, she was nominated by Annely Juda Fine Art for the the Vordemberger Gildewart Foundation international prize in 1999, which she won. Since then she has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both public and commercial spaces including Fordham Gallery, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Neues Kunstforum, Cologne; Museum Wiesbaden; Museum Bochum; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; Netwerk, Aalst; Cirius Art Centre, Cork; Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York and CoBra museum, Amsterdam. She also became a member of the group Everything is Alright founded by Gia Edzgeveradze, taking part in many performances in public spaces including Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Museum Bochum, Bochum and Museum Kunst Palatz, Dusseldorf. Maia Naveriani is represented in Germany by Galerie Voss, Dusseldorf.