Exhibition opening. Georgian project: Guram Tsibakhashvili ( Tbilisi, Georgia), «DEFINITIONS» and «MEMORIES IN GLASS», unknown collection from Alkhanaidze family archive 
20 of April at 17:00
Знімок екрана 2016-03-10 о 23.57.13NT ART Gallery, Lidersovskyi boulvard, 5, 166 place



Guram Tsibakhashvili (b. 1960, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Photographer, Artist, Photo Editor, Lecturer 

Guram expo

The photographer Guram Tsibakhashvili is one of the most outstanding figures among Georgian contemporary artists.

Being totally devoted to his profession throughout his entire life, he has created vast number photographic works, ranging from pure documentary photo to conceptual artworks synthesizing photography with texts and drawings and media. His exquisite talent brings together two worlds: the reality – the life he experienced; the recent history of Georgia, clash of Soviet thinking and Western values, political unrest, and his personal outlook, creative thinking and sensations.

From 1980-ies the artist has been engaged in public activities and in redefining his legacy by embracing broader values and aesthetics than those that were permitted by the Soviet Regime. His projects — accomplished and ongoing – reflect the wide range of interests and creative nature of the artist. Among many others the artistic projects «Definitions», «Ulysses», «Saplings», «Genetic memory», «Private Museum» and «The Diary» are of the utmost importance.

His series of photographs called «Definitions» (1997-2001) (black-and-white photos with hand written and painted details) shatter our views of reality by means of applying dictionary explanations and introducing explanatory red drawings to the images. Red touches, which can be found all across the black and white photos, are understood by artist as the symbols of the «red» nature of the time he was raised in. The deliberate play with the image and text imply viewer’s imaginative and associative efforts and suggest different ways of seeing simple themes exiting around us.

Alongside being an outstanding artist, Tsibakhashvili contributed to the development of photography in Georgia and generally in Caucasus. He was among the founders of Caucasian Center for Cultural Development / Media Art Farm (2000), which was the first institution of high education in photography in Caucasus, Tbilisi Photographer’s House (2007) and the first «Photo Magazine» in Caucasus (2007).

Ana Shanshiashvili, art historian


Unknown collection from Alkhanaidze family archive


«… if I want capture immediately what I see now (and along with it how I see it) than I will never ever capture it. I am diagnosing and fixing it same time.         Not early and not late. Just right this second. After one second it will become different, better or worse, but different». Dziga Vertov

Photo is a world of naked truth. The lens sometimes is far more perfect that the human eye. The innovators just say that it sees things that human cannot observe.

The unknown photographers glass negatives was discovered at the self-studied photographer Shalva Alkhanaidze’ (1927-1987) family archive that are very influential and creates a unique sentiments because these are human behaves, events and details that creates different stories.

It is not much known about these glass negatives, beside that Shalva Alkhainadze started photography by his close relative advice, so it can be considered as his relatives belong.

Even composition and form used in the pictures reminds Shalva Alkhanaidze manner in his portraits.

The negatives captures families, individuals, couples and possibly relatives with the ethno carpets on  the background that is also interesting from the ethnology perspective.

The exhibition of the unknown glass negatives aims to show this unique environment that describes     the specific of the époque probably thirties of the XX century. These époque is completely gone now, but its charming reality is captured in the glass negatives by unknown photographer, it combines         the everyday life, relationships, characters that creates inimitable beauty of the Pasty of the mountain Tusheti.

Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and Georgian National Museum


Lika Mamatsashvili, curator Tbilisi History Museum

Ana Riaboshenko, Ministry of Culture and Monument protection of Georgia

Texts authors:

Lika Mamatsashvili, curator Tbilisi History Museum

Ketevan Trapaidze, Film historian, Dr. of Art History

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