Gvantsa Jishkariani (b.1991, Rustavi) is a Tbilisi-based multimedia artist and curator. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Tbilisi State Academy of the Fine Arts (2013), then completed an informal master's program at the Centre of Contemporary Art-Tbilisi (2014). Dedicated to experimentation, the artist likes to explore traditional craft – investigate her own associations, research into the tradition and then employ the knowledge to create her art. Her works often deal with her personal emotions and experiences as well as reflect socio-political conditions of present-day world. The artist often employs humour to address these deeply personal and highly relevant topics.
Jishkariani is widely exhibited in Georgia as well as abroad including New York, Brussels, Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Naples among others. In 2021 she received Prince Claus Foundation Seed Awards. In 2020 she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list, in 2019 she won the NARS Foundation Studio Grant, New York and in 2017 the artist received the Tsinandali Award in Visual Arts. Her artworks are in private collections worldwide including MSGM Collection, Alain Servais Collection, TBC Bank Collection, Collezione Taurisano, Maria Larsson Collection, Vasili Tsereteli Collection, Papashvili Collection, Agovino Collection, The State Silk Museum, Georgia.
Apart from her artistic practice, Jishkariani has an equally vibrant curatorial career. She is a founder of Tbilisi-based galleries Patara Gallery (2017) and The Why Not Gallery (2018), dedicated to supporting young Georgian artists. She was the curator of the Tbilisi Photo Festival Night of Photography (2017, 2018, 2019). Jishkariani was the founder of the first Georgian online magazine Gargar magazine on art and fashion (2013-18).
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2014-2015 Informal M.A. in Creative Mediation, Center of Contemporary Art Tbilisi (CCA-T)
2009-2013 B.A. of Architecture and Design, Tbilisi State Academy of Arts
LOTTOZERO residency, Prato, Italy
RIA KEBURIA FOUNDATION residency, Kachreti, Georgia
PRINCE CLAUS SEED AWARDS for emerging artists and cultural practitioners - recipient
EXHIBITION GRANT from Ministry of Culture Georgia Forbes 30 under 30 (culture)
RESIDENCY GRANT at NARS foundation, NY, USA
Curatorial RESIDENCY GRANT at Fotograf gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
RESIDENCY GRANT at BINZ39, Zurich, Switzerland