Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili (b.1941) lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and has been the chief designer for both the Rustaveli Drama Theater and The National Opera House in Tbilisi, since 1975. He was teaching Stage Design at Dartmouth College, New Hemshire (1996-2014) and he was the founder of Georgian Stage Design School in Tbilisi (2014). Alexi-Meskhishvili has created sets and costumes for over 200 performances, including for the stages of The Metropolitan Opera, New York; Bolshoi Theater, Moscow; La Fenice, Venice; Teatro Comunale, Bologna; Bavarian State Opera, Munich; Theatro San Martin, Buenos Aires; Mariinski Theater, Saint Petersburg; Big Dramatic Theater, Saint Petersburg; Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Dusseldorf; Opera National de Bordeaux, Bordeaux; Theatre du Chatelet, Paris; Habimah National Theater, Tel-Aviv; Shakespeare Theater, Washington D.C.; Sinetic Theater, Washington D.C. among others. He was awarded the European Film Award (Felix) for his designs for Sergei Parajanov’s film “Ashik-Kerib” (1989).
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili (b.1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. Alexi-Meskhishvili received her BFA in Photography from Bard College, Annandale, New York in 2003. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Frank Elbaz, Paris (2018); Andrea Rosen, New York (2016); Micky Schubert, Berlin (2016); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2015) and Ancient & Modern (now Bruce Haines), London (2012). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Kunst Haus Wien (2018); LC Queisser, Tbilisi (2018); Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin (2018); Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2018); Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover (2017); James Fuentes Gallery, New York (2017); Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2016); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2015); Casey Kaplan, New York (2015); Mary Mary, Glasgow (2015); New Museum Triennial (2015) and Kaufmann Repetto, Milan (2013).
Danarti is a bilingual (Georgian and English) art and culture magazine on local, social, and political issues in Georgia through the voices of scholars working in various fields. Founded in 2011, Danarti is run by three mothers and art historians who live and work in Tbilisi: Elene Abashidze, Ana Chorgolashvili and Irine Jorjadze. Based on the tradition of Samizdat – a self-published zine popular within the USSR, Danarti defines its way of working as independent and irregular. It operates both online and in print: www.danarti.org Elene Abashidze (b.1987) lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She studied Art history and theory at the Tbilisi Iv. Javakhishvili State University (2004 – 2008) and MFA Curating Contemporary Art at Goldsmiths, University of London (2012 – 2014). As a freelance curator, she has worked on various independent and commissioned projects in Georgia. Since 2011 she co-runs Danarti.
Thea Djordjadze (b.1971 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt (2018); Pinakothek der Moderne, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München (2017); MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Secession, Vienna (2016); South London Gallery (2015); MIT List Visual Arts Center Cambridge, Massachusetts (2014); the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2013); Malmö Konsthall, Malmo (2012); The Common Guild Glasgow (2011); Kunsthalle Basel (2009) and Kunstverein Nürnberg (2008). Major group exhibitions include: 56th Venice Biennale (2015); the 55th Venice (2013); Biennale dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012) and the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008).
Thea Gvetadze (b.1971 in Riga, Latvia) lives and works in Tbilisi. Following her studies at the Tbilisi State Academy of Art, she relocated to Amsterdam in 1993 to continue her studies at the Rietveld Academy, and subsequently attended the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Gvetadze exhibited most recently in her solo show ‘Becoming Thea Merlani’, at Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Gallery Nectar, Tbilisi (2017); the Georgian Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and Museum von Ostwall, Dortmund (2000). Gvetadze has also participated in group exhibitions and projects at Art in General, New York (2016); Tartu Art Museum, Tartu (2016); Cobra Museum, Amsterdam (2009) and Kunsthalle Zürich (2008).
Nino Kvrivishvili (b.1984) lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She studied Textile Design at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Binz39, Zurich (2017); State Silk Museum, Tbilisi (2016); Gallery Melike Bilir, Hamburg (2015) and KKKC, Klaipeda (2014); Kvrivishvili’s work has been included in group exhibitions at G.Leonidze State Museum of Literature, Tbilisi (2018); WELTKUNSTZIMMER, Düsseldorf (2018); Museum for Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2018); National Museum in Warsaw (2017); D.Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi (2017), Popiashvili Gvaberidze gallery, Tbilisi (2015) and 2025 Kunst und Kultur, Hamburg (2015).
Keto Logua, (b.1988 in Sukhumi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. Logua studied Painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and Berlin University of the Arts. In 2017 she was a fellow of the Berlin Program for Artists. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at KAI10 Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf (2018); Between Bridges, Berlin (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); and the goEast Open Frame Award competition at Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden (2016).
David Meskhi lives and works in Berlin. He was born in 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Meskhi studied Photography at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University. After his first solo show, which consisted of analog photographs of skaters and Athletes, taken in his native country he co-directed an award-winning documentary - “When the earth seems to be light” (2015). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Galerie für Moderne Fotografie, Berlin (2016); Anika Handelt Galerie, Vienna (2011) and Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin (2011). Meskhi has also participated in group exhibitions and projects at Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (2018); Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (2018); La Nuit de l’Année, Arles (2013); Kunstverein Freiburg (2012) and Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (2011).
MUA – Multiverse Architecture is an office based in Tbilisi, Georgia. The partnership was founded in 2010. Professional architects and creative thinkers shape the team of MUA, led by two partners and a staff of twenty-two. Natalia Nebieridze (b.1987) lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She has studied Fine Arts at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and Architecture at Ilia State University, Tbilisi. Nebieridze has participated in group exhibitions and projects at Tbilisi Architecture Biennial (2018); Tbilisi Art Fair (2018); State Silk Museum, Tbilisi (2017); FEST-I-NOVA, Tbilisi (2016). She is a co-founder of an interdisciplinary group MATERIAl’HUNTERS. Currently she is working at Multiverse Architecture (MUA) and represents MUA at the exhibition “I Do Speak Landscape”.
Sergei Parajanov (b.1924 – d.1990 in Tbilisi, Georgia). After graduating from State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, Parajanov was directed to Kiev’s Dovzjenko film studio where, in 1963, he created the film ‘Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors’, which won him a BAFTA. In 1966 he was invited to Armenia, where he shot his best-known film ‘The Color of Pomegranate’, following that with numerous short and features such as, his multi-award winning film ‘Ashik Kerib’ (1988) and ‘The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985). Parajanov’s work was part of exhibitions at Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Gilbert Albert, New York (2014); National Ukrainian Museum of Art, Kiev (2008); Museum of Modern Art, St. Etienne (2007); and Musee de la Mode, Marseille (2007).
Tsisia Shanshiashvili (b.1921 - d.2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia) was a professor of painting at Tbilisi Academy of Arts and in 1950’s she was a member of a group of women artists, founded by Elene Akhvlediani. Shanshiashvili had numerous solo and group shows during lifetime.
Andro Wekua (born 1977 in Sukhumi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. His solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Zürich (2018); Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2018); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Gladstone 64, New York (2017); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2016); Sprüth Magers, London (2014); Benaki Museum, Athens (2014); Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2011); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2011); Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin (2011); Wiels, Brussels (2009) and Museion, Bolzano (2009). Major group exhibitions include: The Albertina Museum, Vienna (2018); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2015); Pinakothek Der Moderne, München (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (2011); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); New Museum, New York (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2010); the 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010); and the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006).