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Gvantsa Jishkariani, a multidisciplinary artist, is fascinated by Soviet-propagandistic arts and techniques of traditional crafts. She investigates imprints left from the past and plays with the images and influences of today and tomorrow. The artist often employs humor to address these deeply personal and highly relevant topics. Born in the same year as the country achieved its independence, she grew up in a highly turbulent environment, characterized by chaos and hardships of all kinds. As an artist, she frequently explores these experiences, which have not only shaped her personal journey but also the collective narrative of her homeland. In her artwork, Gvantsa delves into precarious situations and extreme vulnerability, while simultaneously demonstrating remarkable resilience in navigating these sensitivities.

 

Gvantsa Jishkariani (b.1991, Rustavi) is a multimedia artist and curator. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Tbilisi State Academy of the Fine Arts (2013), then completed her master program in Creative Mediation at the CCA-Tbilisi (2015). Jishkariani is widely exhibited in Georgia as well as abroad including New York, Munich, Brussels, Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Munich, 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.

 

Apart from her artistic practice, Jishkariani has an equally vibrant curatorial career. She is a co-founder of Tbilisi-based galleries PATARA Gallery (2017) and The Why Not Gallery (2018), dedicated to supporting young artists. She curated Tbilisi Photo Festival Night of Photography (2017, 2018, 2019). Jishkariani was the founder of the first contemporary Georgian magazine Gar-Gar on art and fashion (2013-18).

 

 

Her works are part of numerous prominent private and public contemporary art collections internationally and in Georgian Including: Alain Servais Collection, Collezione Taurisano, Royal family of UAE collection, TBC Bank Collection, Vasili Tsereteli Collection, The State Silk Museum, Georgia, among others.

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