Giorgi Tabatadze

Amsterdam-based Giorgi Tabatadze studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, where he became an assistant professor before he continued his studies at the Sandberg Institute in the Netherlands. His project “mediagraffiti” analyzes Georgian TV news and transforms them into mosaics to be installed in Tbilisi’s public spaces. The artist captures important visual material around the social and political restructuring of Georgia after the Rose Revolution. The mosaics show this shift from one socio-political formation to another by examining concrete media materials, such as, the demolition of a Soviet monument or the legal fight of a woman against patriarchal family practices. Small examples like this, drawing a larger picture of the Post Soviet society in flux; shortly, the poetry of the times that is dramatic and funny, stupid and clever, ridiculous but absolutely serious and all these at the same time.