Knights from Pshav-Khevsureti 2017 acrylic on silk Literature Museum Tbilisi Georgia
Knights from Pshav-Khevsureti 2017 acrylic on silk Literature Museum Tbilisi Georgia
Knights from Pshav-Khevsureti 2017 acrylic on silk Literature Museum Tbilisi Georgia
Knights from Pshav-Khevsureti 2017 acrylic on silk Literature Museum Tbilisi Georgia
ვაჰ Vah (Wow) 2017 acrylic on silk chiffon 440x200cm detail
ვაჰ Vah (Wow) 2017 acrylic on silk chiffon 440x200cm detail
Knight with Pshav-Khevsur Jumper 2017 oil on canvas 35x25cm
Knight with Pshav-Khevsur Jumper 2017 oil on canvas 35x25cm
Swallow's Nest 2017 acrylic and straw 25x40x20cm
Swallow's Nest 2017 acrylic and straw 25x40x20cm
Manana Antelidze - Black and White 2017 fashion-object technical fabric, canvas, metal and paper
Manana Antelidze - Black and White 2017 fashion-object technical fabric, canvas, metal and paper
Manana Antelidze - Black and White 2017 fashion-object technical fabric, canvas, metal and paper
Manana Antelidze - Black and White 2017 fashion-object technical fabric, canvas, metal and paper
Vazha-Pshavela’s manuscripts
Vazha-Pshavela’s manuscripts
რაფრინავად მიჰფრინავავ Raprinavad Miprinavav (How will I fly) 2017 acrylic on silk chiffon 440x200cm
რაფრინავად მიჰფრინავავ Raprinavad Miprinavav (How will I fly) 2017 acrylic on silk chiffon 440x200cm
ნეტავ Netav (I wish) 2017 acrylic on silk chiffon 440x200cm detail
ნეტავ Netav (I wish) 2017 acrylic on silk chiffon 440x200cm detail
ყველას ენა ჰქონია Kvelas ena hkonia (All have their own tongue) 2017 acrylic on silk 440x200cm
ყველას ენა ჰქონია Kvelas ena hkonia (All have their own tongue) 2017 acrylic on silk 440x200cm
Knights from Pshav-Khevsureti 2017 installation view Literature Museum Tbilisi Georgia
Knights from Pshav-Khevsureti 2017 installation view Literature Museum Tbilisi Georgia
Knight with White Handkerchief 2017 oil on canvas 35x25cm
Knight with White Handkerchief 2017 oil on canvas 35x25cm
Vazha-Pshavela’s handkerchief
Vazha-Pshavela’s handkerchief
Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili and Andro Semeiko - Liliko 2017 audio and slideshow 4.23min
Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili and Andro Semeiko - Liliko 2017 audio and slideshow 4.23min

Knights  from  Pshav-Khevsureti

რაინდები ფშავ-ხევსურეთიდან

 

Andro Semeiko in collaboration with writer Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili

and fashion designer Manana Antelidze

15 September – 14 October 2017

Literature Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia


The project explores life and work of Vazha-Pshavela in relation to pertinent socio-political issues around the world and particularly in Georgia. Andro Semeiko and Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili have explored Vazha-Pshavela’s work and his personal objects from the Literature Museum collection, and have selected the poet’s handkerchief as the central object around which they create a metaphorical world through their own work. Andro Semeiko creates an installation inhabited by a ghostly presence of a medieval knight, a legendary crusader that lived in Khevsureti. He carries the poet’s handkerchief as a talisman and addresses Vazha-Pshavela’s ideas of humanism and progressive attitude towards nature. Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili has, in the process of her research, discovered that the handkerchief was made especially for the poet and given to him as a gift by Georgian Women’s Society; she creates a fictional character that reflects women’s voice in the world. Manana Antelidze addresses various aspects of Vazha-Pshavela’s humanism including the female voice in his work, and designs an androgynous outfit, which combines audacity and gentleness. The exhibition is an installation consisting of painting, drawing, fashion, archival material, slide-show, text and audio work that create a multilayered story.

 

The project will be followed by an exhibition at the Georgian Embassy in London (Oct-Nov 2018) and with a new book of Vazha-Pshavela’s poems in English translations. The project is made possible with the kind support from Arts Council England, British Council, AG Alco and magazine Beaumonde.