Magazine article Artforum International

Gela Patashuri

Magazine article Artforum International

Gela Patashuri

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IN PRE-SOVIET TIMES, art in Tbilisi was freely shown in cafes and taverns, but until very recently, nothing comparable had existed. When my friends Sergei Tcherepnin and Ei Arakawa came to visit in the summer of 2009, I gave them a tour of my favorite new art spaces: a car-parts market on the edge of town and a monument in the mountains near the Russian border. I also took them to Shindisi, an open area outside the city where curator Daniel Baumann owns a plot of land. The site is home to the Tbilisi Center for Contemporary Art, which, having no fixed building or borders, is, to my mind, a Georgian institution for our time.

A friend once told me that in a Western context, TCCA might recall relational aesthetics. But an important distinction must be made: TCCA isn't a service. And it isn't a product; it doesn't aspire to be in global circulation. It's meant primarily for Tbilisi and its friends. For decades, my country had no place to show contemporary art, and so TCCA was magic, a meta-venue possible anywhere, but especially in a place where there had been none. …

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