Saturday, March 8, 2008

Artist talk and portfolio presentation @ Arci Gallery


Koka Ramishvili, born in 1956 in Tbilisi, Georgia, lives and works in Tbilisi. His works include drawings, video and installation. One feature that is common to most of Ramishvili’s works is their construction on the principle of counterpoint. ‘Pronostic Eventuel’ and ‘Drawing Lessons’ are built on the dialectics of the internal and external; ‘The Story of Caspar Hauser’ presents the picture of the world structurally divided into two opposite poles: the up and down, the right and left, the front and back; ‘The Change’ is about the conflict between the masculine and feminine. Social order is divided into these works in an open and closed, private and public history and everyday life. The binary model is illustrated in his works in an open way so that its elements co-exist rather than dominate each other. Since 1995 Ramishvili has been offered numerous grants and awards for his videos and photographs (Ministry of Culture and Education, Vienna; Academy Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Département des affaires culturelles de la Ville de Geneva). His works have been exhibited in various museums (such as Tate Modern in London, MAMCO in Geneva, Goethe Institut in Berlin, Russian National Gallery in Moscow, Fine Art Museum of Nantes) and galleries (Kulturmanagment Hausler in Munich, Guelman Gallery in Moscow, Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York, etc).