International spectators of Georgia are increasingly impassioned by a desire to understand Georgian politics and the implications of Georgia’s condition as a ‘post-Soviet’ country. These motivations were partially what moved me to visit Georgia for the first time in 2018.
If we inject all of our unique history, our mindsets, our sonic specialties into these power-full ‘living machines’ they will spit out super exciting results.
The accomplishments of the Caucasus Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts are detailed in books, photographs and documents of high historical significance preserved in the archives of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
For decades, tourists have been asking: where do you go to look at contemporary art in Tbilisi? The answer is sad but concise: nowhere.
There is an opportunity here to apply these models across the Caucasus, take note of some of new approaches to the recording, preservation, and promotion of “traditional” music, and to heighten our understandings of the incredibly diverse and multifaceted musical cultures the region has to offer.
It’s a cliche, but I have to start with a taxi anecdote. On May 10, I was curled up in a backseat of a taxi, when the driver pointed at a women’s shop window and said that they’d put those umbrellas in there too. When I asked him to specify, he replied that he meant LGBT umbrellas.
The people who care about contemporary arts have been awaiting a permanent venue for years and years now. Ideally, it would both showcase international trends and contribute to the local discourse in contemporary visual arts.