The theme of the festival Batumi Photodays 2019
was the “Mirror Land”, a concept that addresses the fake realities, created by
the recent political situations, the transformed reflections that are presented
by different private stories, countries examples, with the support of various
media sources that in result develop wrong values and expectations. Double
standards that our society share with the false structures, lost and messed up
meanings and values come across with the traditions and established rules. No
time to stop no time to analyze.
The main exhibition was envisioned to bring personal experience of the artists from around the globe, to reflect the issues in their countries, through their practices, things, and topics they want to bring up, in relevance to the main concept of the Photo days such as injustice and fake reality, people are forced to live in, or any other significant stories that will make us stop and think of why we are here what can we do with our life, how can we contribute the world to make if a better place.
Each small drop, a small seed can change something, each small story can reach out someone, and find a reflection in their hearts. It’s a matter of choice whenever we wanna live in reflection or reality.
Within the project, besides the main exhibition, four more exhibitions were held, among them is Lasha Tsertsvadze (Lasha Fox) “George” who responds to the problems of sexual minorities; Italian artist, Dorian Tate’s exhibition “Visit” was about breaking social stereotypes; And japanese photographer and producer Yusike Hishida’s “Border / Korea” offered a relative visualization of South and North Korea, which speaks to the absurd reality of the world, curated by Jeauk Kag (South Korea).
Historical analysis in collaboration with Italian Embassy and National Museum –
Overview “Following in the footsteps of Sellas” is a project by contemporary Italian photographer Salvatore Costa and curator Monica Elena, repeating the journey of famous Italian photographer and scientist Victorio Sella in 19th century in Georgia.
One of the most important event that are traditionally held within the Batumi Photodays is the educational project “Photo-Lab”. Photo-Lab participants are selected through a competition. The maximum number of participants is 20-25 people. Photo Lab is run by a team of invited mentors and jury members. Within the framework of the Photolab, participants present projects in which they are assisted by mentors and jury members for two days, and on the third day, the winner (s) are selected through a competition. They will participate fully in next year’s festival.