Sandro Sulaberidze | Oli's Interviews
Authot: Oli Kvateladze

Tell us how your interest in photography developed?

From a very young age I was drawn to the camera. My aunt had one small camera that no one used and I was playing with it all the time; I was 12 years old, when I disassembled the camera and built something else out of it. I think photography has always been close to me, however I took working with it later when I started studying.
 
What is photography for you and what makes it an interesting medium?

I do not have much interest in photography as a method for preserving memory. I am interested in all the points of view, how  any living creature in the universe sees and perceives.

Let's talk about a series taken from a car called "Travel to Kakheti", which is presented in the gallery. 

 

In this work, the movement of objects and their relationship with light is the most important to me. When you look at a fast moving car - everything moves, near and far objects change position at different speeds for the observer. The mountains seem to stand still, unlike the nearby trees that appear in a matter of seconds and disappear in front of you. Added to this is the camera curtain, which also moves inside the camera, all of which leaves interesting traces on the sensor. 

The working process itself is interesting, is it planned or mostly spontaneous? 

 

The series of shots taken from the car is spontaneous, but I love it when I plan something in advance. I think planning is one of the first steps in beginning something, but when you go through the process there are so many unpredictable things that can not be denied and actually it is interesting to incorporate it in the process. 

Do you think the photographer's vision is objective or subjective?

 



I think that the lens is never objective and in any case is very subjective, because objectivity is a spiritual dimension, and that part is not explained by a single object. Something that was created only for the human eye cannot be objective.



Do you work in any other direction?

Yes, I do. Photography is an important medium for expressing something, it gives you freedom of expression, but at the same time it has its limits and boundaries. I am interested in experimenting with installation and different materials; I also think observing light is also a very important process.



Let's talk about your installations, where do the ideas come from, are they related to specific events?

The idea for some of the works is so spontaneous and emotional, one cannot plan it in advance. About a year ago, two young men went missing from Dedaena Park and were later found in the river Mtkvari. I knew one of them well, we studied together. It was very emotional for me and I wanted to dedicate something to him, like a memorial. The Magic Garden of the River is a festival that is held every year and I did a work there called - There are precious stones on the banks of the Mtkvari. In the evening, when the area was in the shadows, the mirrors reflected the sunlight that shone at the base of the poplar, where the stones were buried in the ground. Eventually it turned into a 10 minute sunbeam performance.


What do you think about the future of contemporary photography, how do you see its development within contemporary visual art?

 




I believe photography, as we know it today, will no longer exist. With the technological advances, the importance of photography as a document is fading. Even today it is difficult to distinguish "fake" from reality and I imagine it will be even more difficult in the future. Instead I think the share of creativity in this field will increase, becoming more diverse in this regard. I have high hopes that photography will return to its original experimental self, as it was back then, when it was still gaining a foothold within the society as a teenager.

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Oli Kvateladze (born 1997, Tbilisi) is a young art historic. Since 2017 she has been studying at Shota Rustaveli State University of Theater and Film. The focus of his research is contemporary Georgian art. She is also interested in researching art institutions and has completed an internship at the Tbilisi Museums Association. Today Ollie is an intern at our gallery.