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New York Meets Tbilisi: Reframing Otherness

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New York Meets Tbilisi: Reframing Otherness
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The Georgian-American exhibition, scheduled for February and March 2020 at Kunstraum LLC in Brooklyn and a Manhattan venue (TBA) in partnership with Kunstraum LLC, will bring together relevant contemporary artists from Tbilisi (Georgia) and New York. It will be the first attempt to introduce a wide range of artists based in Tbilisi and deeply steeped in its culture and heritage to New York while bringing them in dialogue with local artists who probe the similar themes.

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The main focus of this exhibition is the existential problem of Otherness, how we relate to the Other who is objectively separate from us or sometimes is part of our personality. Questions like what positions can we habitually take towards the Other, what goes into creating stereotypes of the Other, how we can reframe these stereotypes by taking a wider geo-historical perspective, will be discussed. Comparing two very different cultures in how they deal with Otherness regarding gender politics, sexual orientation, race, and language. All works in the show are conceptually driven and contextually aware painting, sculpture, video, mixed media, and print. Exploring this concept in the context of an international exhibition of two still far places is particularly interesting. The goal of the project is to introduce contemporary Georgian art to the New York art scene inside a thematic rather than regional context. This exhibition is curated by New York-based Georgian-born curator Nina Mdivani as part of the Curator-In-Residence 2019-2020 program; realized with the support of Kunstraum LLC. 

Image Credit: Rusudan Khizanishvili, Similarity Between the Two, acrylic on canvas, 2017

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