The subject of TERRITORY//SPACE is a broad topic that involves several dimensions: private, social or political. Every territory has its own borders, either conventional or clearly marked on the global political map. However, are these borders the same for everyone, or do they represent taboo or the forbidden to be crossed? …
The TERRITORY//SPACE — is one the strongest ins.ncts of the human race. We create our own spaces, fight for them and protect them.
In most cases, the territory is understood as a geopolitical term, types of administra.ve division, usually an area that is under the jurisdic.on of the State. In international politics, the term is used with particular reference to non-Sovereign geographic areas, which has come under the authority of another government; and have not been granted the powers of self-government, normally devolved to secondary territorial divisions or both.
But what makes the human so dependent on the territory on his/her own space? Do we need a comfort zone – space/s where we can feel ourselves safe, or a space to create a family, built a house, provide life to our children? Or, what makes us fight for territories and create new spaces? Is this driven by hope, fear or humiliation?
According to Dominique Moïsi, an authority on international affairs, fear, humiliation and hope are as influential on political conflict as cultural, social and economic factors.”In his book “The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope Are Reshaping the World”, Moïsi sheds a keen light on the limitations of the geographic and cultural determinism that currently dominates the discourse surrounding international relations. He uses these definitions to remap the world’s political regions, studying how emotions interact (for example: fear as the absence of confidence, hope as the expression of confidence, humiliation as the loss of hope that results from a wounded confidence;) and plumb the roots of Asia’s culture of hope, the historical humiliation feeding Islamic extremism and the long-dominant emo.ons in the West: a fear of the “other,” or the confusion about national iden.ty and an anxiety to maintain global relevance”.
The works selected for this Exhibiti.on respond to various human emo.ons in regards to its main topic. They describe how different and similar the human being is in the different part of the world and, in completely different situa.ons.
Driven by hope, despite the economic crises, urban clash, and war, this hope makes human create comfort zones- safe spaces for their future generations. Refugee camps, conflict zones, penal ins.tu.ons or just abandoned places remind us of the history of a war.
They are signs that create a mosaic of the globe culture, all driven by emotions of hope, fairness or humiliatition.
The more we look at these different sides, the more we understand that there is no one recipe that can change it or drive it in the right direc.on. Is this a clash of civilisa.on, or can we s.ll find the beauty of human nature in small things, in a prism of different colours under a different light?
Does not territory create a human being and affect his or her values, giving us as much as taking away from us. It feeds us and starves us at same .me. Perhaps, this is why we depend so much on territory and space….
Dr. Charles Merewether, invited curator Contemporary Art Gallery, Georgian Na.onal Museum
Ana Riaboshenko, Director of CPRP department, Ministry of Culture and Monument protec.on of Georgia
1. SINAI PARK – Andrea & Magda (France & Italy)
2. CALM WATERS – Andrey Lomakin (Ukraine)
3. CHARGED SOIL – Andy Spyra (Germany)
4. SOMBA AND STREETS OF BLOOD – Antonio Aragón Renuncio (Spain)
5. THE CLAMOUR OF THE IDOMENI – Antonis Pasvantis (Greece)
6. RETURN OF THE DARK DAYS – Anush Babajanyan (Armenia)
7. RECREATION ZONE. CONCRETE SLAB. Ukraine, Crimea – Artem Tovsinchuk (Ukraine)
8. SAN PEDRO PRISON, La Paz, Bolivia – Asha Miles (Russia)
9. A TAD LOST IN BUCHAREST – Aun Raza (Italy, Austria & Canada)
10. NIGHT SHIFT – Daniil Usmanov (Kyrgyzstan)
11. TERRITORY / SPACES – David Verberckt (Belgium)
12. KURS – Ekaterina Anchevskaya and Alexandar Nikolov (Russia & Bulgaria)
13. STATE OF THINGS – ElizaTamo (Britain &Greece)
14. TRANSNISTRIA – Emile Ducke (Germany)
15. CRIMEA – Emine Ziyatdinova (Ukraine)
16. U.S. – MEXICO BORDER – Griselda SanMar.n (US & Mexico)
17. A ROAD NOT TAKEN – Jasper Bas.an (Germany & US)
18. IMMINENT – Jennifer Long (US & Canada)
19. THE CLOSED BEACH – Liora Naiman (Israel)
20. THE DREAM OF RUSSIA – Maximilian Mann (Germany)
21. ALEXANDER – Michał Siarek (Poland)
22. BY THE BORDER – Özkan Bunig (Turkey)
23. VOORTREKKER ROAD – Retha Ferguson (South Africa)
24. WAITING GIRLS – Sadegh Souri (Iran)
25. HELLS’ GATE – Stas Ostrous (Ukraine)
26. Uygur Autonomous Region in China -Tahir Ün (Turkey)
27. LEAVING ON THE RAILS – Vakho Khetaguri (Georgia)
28. KARADAG – Vitaly Fomenko (Ukraine)
29. INHABITANTS OF THE EMPTY – Yulia Grigoryants (Armenia)
30. CHIATURA – Nikoloz Tabukashvili (Georgia)
31. TSEROVANI – Nini Alavidze (Georgia)