The Fate of Four Georgian Modern Artists
Thursday, March 10 at 7 pm
Artist Vladimir (Lado) Pochkhua will show rare images of Georgian art from his collection of slides, and discuss the Republic of Georgia’s utopian moment of freedom from May 1918 to February 1921 before the country was annexed by the Soviet Union.
A geographical paradise located in the Caucasus Mountains,Georgia is believed to be the land from which Jason stole the Golden Fleece. The country’s brief independence allowed the nation to formulate a modern Georgian self-image. By 1918, there were many creative unions, and an opportunity to bring together artists, writers, and poets; by 1921 Georgian artists were living in Europe as an active part of the international modern art scene. Then destiny stepped in.
This talk will present four Georgian artists, combining a discussion of visual movements rarely seen, and the linkages between politics and art in the 20th century Soviet Union.
Vladimir Pochkhua was born in Sukhumi, Georgia in 1970. He graduated from the Sukhumi College of Art in 1994 and the Tbilisi Academy of Art in 2001. He has had personal exhibitions in TMS Gallery and Old Gallery in Tbilisi, and has participated in major group exhibitions, including in the Georgian Embassy in London, UNESCO in Paris, and in the Tbilisi History Museum (Carvasla) and the National Gallery of Art. He has participated in art projects in Russia, Azerbaijan, and Hungary. He currently resides in New York.