Festival Odessa // Batumi photo Days and curators Nestan Nijaradze and Guram Tsibakhashvili present exhibition of Rezo Kezeli photography “Man with accordion”
30 August at 18:00 meeting with the curators – Nestan Nizharadze and Guram Tsibakhashvili; at 19:00 opening of the exhibition “Man with accordion” more information
About curators Nestan Nijaradzi and Guram Tsibakhashvili:
Nestan Nizharadze – co-founder of House of Photography since 2007, whose aims are to promote photography in Georgia, today Nestan is a director of House of Photography.
She is a founder and artistic director of the annual international “Photo festival” from 2010. In addition, she curated a lot of photo projects and photo exhibitions in Georgia and abroad.
Guram Tsibachashvili is a photographer, whose work was firstly exhibited with artists in Georgia. Then, the undeground artistic circles first said about photography as an art and a full-fledged artistic trend. Solo Art Exhibition of 90-ies was conducted within 6 different exhibitions, the participants were artists who developed this trend for 80 years before it was introduced in the works of Georgian painters (80 years, the tenth floor, and so on) with exhibitions of Guram Tsibahashvili’s serial works.Today, there is a number of international and local group and solo exhibitions of Tsibakhashvili. Guram Tsibakhashvili is an artist for whom the main is the boundless and wide boards and extensive knowledge of the visual art space. His photography is never about the accident, but it is made for recorded seconds.
About exhibition: “The man with accordion”:
In the beginning of 90-ies, in the storehouses of the Institute of Physics negatives of unknown photographer were found, which were saved by chance. If it hadn’t happened, 20th century Georgian history of photography, and in particular, the section, which covers the period of the Soviet Union, would have remained unknown Rezo Kezeli’s name. It would be really a great loss, because at first, Rezo Kezeli is a highly interesting and original author; another reason is that the Soviet-era Georgian photography is not so rich with authors who could stop a Soviet-era photography and escaped from strict aesthetic and contextual dogma.
Rezo Kezeli creates portraits of his time. But, in fact, it couldn’t be called a soviet human portrait. It’s a cliché-free vision of a free man who see the world in completely different way and uses a different visual “source code”, creates a sort of “unofficial”, completely different personalities in photography and visual aesthetics telling completely “non-Soviet” stories about himself and about artists of his time.
After 20 years of conservation and restoration of works, exhibition of Rezo Kezeli was opened for the first time in February 2013 at the Gallery “Container”, where were exhibited 30 more photos by Rezo Kezeli. “Man with accordion” joins the project of Tbilisi Photo Festival and the gallery “Container”.