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Nika Kutateladze

17
March
,
2023
04
June
,
2023

'April' is a solo show by Georgian artist Nika Kutateladze, presenting paintings and wall based objects within a site-responsive installation. Kutateladze attempts to transform the spectator's perception of space and offers a glimpse into a psycho-emotional experience. The exhibition is produced in a collaboration between Gallery Artbeat based in Tbilisi, Georgia, and VITRINE. It relaunches VITRINE Bermondsey's programme with a new focus on gallery collaborations.

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Kutateladze's practice engages with the depopulation of the 'village', exploring private and public space, economic poverty and emigration. The artist recreates an abstracted space through a poetic translation of observed meaningful elements of a local reality. A local situation is made symbolic, in an attempt to provoke multiple interpretations. This is achieved by using a myriad diverse mediums and aesthetic languages, revealing the artist's unique ability to combine these in an overall concept in which his personal experiences turn out to be in dialogue with pressing questions of our time.

The artist's small multilayered oil paintings convey the local population’s hard social life and he puts forward issues of economic poverty and emigration. Fragmented mythological narratives and motives that are characteristic of Georgian fairy tales can be witnessed in each small scene, which hold a sense of timelessness.

For the installation, a large, thorny white fabric curtain hangs within the vitrine space, along its 16 meter long window, framing the paintings and further found objects that are hung on the gallery wall behind it. Sections of the interior of the gallery are filled with thorny plants creating an illusion of an abandoned house. The thorny plants bear symbolic meaning, working as some kind of psychological self-defence mechanism to mark one’s territory as if it was guarding its own space from an unknown invader. This reflects on the depopulation of the village, a development so emblematic of most rural areas around the world that it has caused many villagers to leave behind their family homes.

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Nika Kutateladze (b. 1989, Tbilisi, GA) lives and works in Tbilisi, GA. He holds a BA in Architecture from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (2011) and an MA from Centre of Contemporary Art, Tbilisi (2013).

He has exhibited internationally at institutions, biennials and galleries including: Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris, FR; Tbilisi Architectural Biennial 2018, CA; Kunsthalle Tbilisi, GA; Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, AZ; Centre Of Contemporary Art Tbilisi, GA; Pavilion #6 at Expo Georgia, Tbilisi, GA; Art villa Garikula, GA; Writers House, Tbilisi, GA; Gallery Artbeat, Tbilisi, GA; La Station, Niece, FR; Gallery Container, Tbilisi, GA.

April
Mar 2023
16
Thursday
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
Free

Nika Kutateladze

Group show

April

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