We are proud to announce our dearest artist, Gvantsa Jishkariani is the winner of the Prince Claus Seed Awards 2021!
Every year, the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development of the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrates 100 outstanding young artists from around the world, future trendsetters as they call them, people who respond to the social themes and contexts in their creative process, rewarding them for their creative spirit and perseverance.
Gvantsa is the first Georgian artist to receive this award for her artistic and curatorial practice, for the unwavering enthusiasm and energy she put in everything she does.
Her creative practices, both artistic and curatorial, reflect on the artist's immediate environment, personal experiences and socio-political realities. The artist works in a variety of materials and techniques, often inspired by Georgian cultural heritage, and then interpreted in a completely different way. Recently, the artist has been actively working around Georgian craft traditions, such as mosaics, tapestries, as a kind of therapy to reflect on her own experiences and collective memories of her generation.
Gvantsa Jishkariani (b. 1991) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Tbilisi State Academy of the Fine Arts, then completed an informal master's program at the Center of Contemporary Art-Tbilisi. Since
then, the artist has been actively exhibiting in Georgia and abroad, including Brussels, Prague, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Naples and Baku.
Gvantsa is the co-founder of the contemporary art galleries in Tbilisi, Patara Gallery and The Why Not Gallery. In 2020 she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Between 2017 and 2019, Gvantsa was the curator of the Tbilisi Photo Festival Night of Photography. In 2019 she won the NARS Foundation Studio Grant, New York and in 2017 the artist received the Tsinandali Award in Visual Arts. Gvantsa was the founder of the first Georgian online magazine Gargar magazine on art and fashion (2013-18).