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Shipwreck („გემის ჩაძირვა“)
February 8 @ 6:00 pm - February 22 @ 6:00 pm
Contemporary Art Space, Batumi and Goethe-Institut Georgien present and exhibition “Shipwreck”
An opening is launched on February 8th at 18 PM at Contemporary Art Space Batumi.
In the past years’ thousands of people have lost their homes and have been forced to flee. We have seen bombs destroying houses, and people trying to cross the seas in search of safety. Not all of them made it to the other shore. There are various reasons why people abandon their homes: economic difficulties, environmental change, fear of persecution, conflicts and wars. According to world statistics, one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds. This means that while you’re reading this sentence, almost four people are losing everything and will step into an unknown future.
The exhibition ‘Gericaults-shipwreck-revisited’, curated by Alfons Hug and Asli Samadova in Baku, in 2010 approached the phenomenon of flight and migration. It was a poetic view in which refugees could contribute their individual voices and histories, thus freeing them from the anonymous mass in which they usually appear.
While the mass media exploited these issues in a sensationalistic manner, the artists produced counter-images, with softer tones that allowed those affected to keep their dignity. In their videos, Adad Hannah and Marcel Odenbach quote Théodore Géricault’s painting ‘The Raft of Medusa’ (1818), located in the Paris Louvre. In his series of self-portraits, Omar Victor Diop reconstructs black freedom movements in Africa and North America.
The exhibition ‘Shipwreck’ presented in Tbilisi by art organization Propaganda, is an extension of the theme within a Georgian context. Georgia has much to tell about migration. It is a home to many internally displaced Georgians, as well as a shelter for refugees and migrants from neighboring countries. It is also a country that has lost almost a quarter of its population to immigration.
‘Shipwreck’ is an attempt to tell different stories from different perspectives: many of them are being told by artists that have gone through this journey themselves. Some stories concern people who found a safety haven here, others – somewhere else and some will attempt to meditate on “the biggest human crisis of our times” (Ai Weiwei).
Curator Alfons Hug
Tamar Berianidze, Omar Victor Diop, Sitara Ibrahimova, Tamar Nadiradze, Marcel Odenbach, Manuchar Okrostsvaridze, Adad Hannah