Où va mon corps ?
Dissolution is opening on April 21 showing the work of Mano Svanidze, Jacob Troglen and Natia Vakhtangishvili.
How one perceives reality is a result of their past experiences; the country they grew up, material circumstances, the religious views they were introduced to as children and the decisions they made early in life, to name a few. The exhibiting artists, through their work, visually express their self-perception as a result of their particular experiences.
Mano Svanidze is a self-taught Georgian photographer based in Tbilisi. We are showing part of her Dormiveglia series.
Dormiveglia is the transitional space between wakefulness and sleep. It is the momentary passage when the human body moves from one state to another. The pandemic has resembled for many the state of Dormiveglia.
The photos depict this distorted reality. In this series, Mano shows the psychological state (or lack thereof) of both sleep and wakefulness.
The project was made during the I_Residency program, which was created in partnership with the Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum and Tbilisi Photo Festival, with the support of the UNDP and the Government of Sweden.
Jacob Troglen is a painter living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. For this exhibition, we have included some of his experimental photography work.
His art is reflective of personal and shared traumas, which often coincide with commentaries on religion and politics. Having grown up in the Southern US, his exposure to hyper-conservatism and religious hypocrisy has been a significant factor in what inspires his process.
This series specifically deals with internal traumas relative to self-perception and the ingrained “god-fearing” attitude that is taught in such environments as the one he was raised in. Along with his relatively recent efforts to better his mental health, his artistic process is intended to stimulate a more self-aware, inward-looking persona.
Natia Vakhtangishvili is a Tbilisi-based photographer. From early childhood, she became passionate about capturing portraits. Her work is inspired by the observation of human behaviors and differences in their cognitive performance, which increases her perception of her disorders.
This series of photos describes bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, as a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). Natia strongly believes that solving problems starts with self-inquiry, which leads to identifying the fundamental of the disorders.
The main objective of this photo series is to inspire and make society seek their true selves.
Curated by David Finestein.
Statement by Gvantsa Tskhovrebashvili