Follow Her Path From Architecture To The Cutting Edge Of Contemporary Art, Where She Bridges The Old With The New In Exciting Ways.

Recognized As An Up-And-Coming Force In The Art World, Gvantsa Jishkariani Gets A Spotlight From Munchies Art Club Magazine, Displaying Her Captivating And Engaging Work.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani, "The Bird of Reborn," 2019, Marble, Granite, Travertine Mosaic on Wood, 110x75 cm and "I Recycle My Tears," 2020, Marble, Onyx, Travertine Mosaics in Brass Frames, 30 cm Diameter Each | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Gvantsa Jishkariani, born in 1991 in Rustavi, has emerged as a compelling figure in the contemporary art and curatorial scene, primarily operating out of Tbilisi and Madrid. 

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Gvantsa Jishkariani at "I HATE POETRY," The Why Not Gallery, 2023 | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Her academic foundation was laid at the Tbilisi State Academy Of The Fine Arts, where she majored in Architecture, graduating in 2013.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - "Magnitude of Fear," Re-worked, Torn, Burnt Soviet Period Tapestries with Golden Fringes and Wool Thread Embroidery | Image Courtesy of the Artist

She further honed her skills and theoretical understanding by completing a master's program in Creative Mediation at the Centre of Contemporary Art-Tbilisi in 2015.

‍Above: Gvantsa Jishkariani - Brutal Honesty making of | Video by the Artist

Jishkariani's work is a testament to her relentless pursuit of experimentation, deeply rooted in the visual and cultural tapestry of her homeland.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - "I Dream of Fire," 2022 | Image Courtesy of the Artist

She skillfully navigates the aesthetic and decorative nuances of Georgia's recent Soviet history and Post-soviet periods, employing them as a canvas upon which she projects her contemporary reinterpretations. 

These artistic expressions not only bridge generational and temporal divides but also serve as a medium through which she both distances herself from and remains deeply connected to her cultural heritage.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - H3ll - Three channel video installation commisioned by Art Transparent foundation for Survival Art review 2023, sound mixed by Aghnie

‍Jishkariani's artistic practice is a dynamic exploration of universal tastes, trends, and the genesis of future myths and traditions.

Video: Gvantsa Jishkariani - "I Hate Poetry," 6-part visual-audial opera, sound composed by Aghnie, 2023 | Courtesy of the artist

She delves into personal narratives that, despite their individual specificity, echo the collective experiences of her generation. 

‍Her art is driven by a keen sensitivity to the anxieties and challenges faced by her peers, including economic disparities, social media's influence, and the pervasive fear of failure. 

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Gvantsa Jishkariani Solo Show "I Hate Poetry," 2023, The Why Not Gallery | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Through her work, Jishkariani seeks to give form to these fears, employing traditional imagery and techniques to both confront and control them, thus crafting contemporary pieces that resonate with and speak the language of her generation.

Gvantsa Jishkariani- "The Beautifulest," Marble Mosaic on Wood, Denim Ribbons, 4 Parts, at Ch64 Gallery, 2023 | Image Courtesy of the Artist


Her curatorial ventures mirror the vibrancy of her artistic practice. Jishkariani is the visionary behind Patara Galleryand The Why Not Gallery In Tbilisi, platforms she established to champion young Georgian artists and inject fresh perspectives into the art scene. 

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - "Citizen of Nothing," 2023, Mixed Media and Crystals on Soviet Period Re-worked Tapestries, Wool Ball Shaped Pom-poms, 204x65 cm; and "I Chew My Own Solid Blood," Self-Portrait in Marble, Granite Onyx with Broken Glass, Agate Topaz Beads | image courtesy the artist, CH64 gallery and SPRING/BREAK Art Show

These galleries, alongside her role in curating the Tbilisi Photo Festival Night Of Photography and founding Gargar magazine, underscore her commitment to fostering a thriving community of artists and art enthusiasts.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - "Beautiful World With You," 2023, Georgian Wool Felt, 220x180 cm, CH64 Gallery, 2023
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Gvantsa Jishkariani - "Apocalypse but for Gods," Mixed Media, 800x100 cm, Collaboration with Anni Katrin Elmer and David Apakidze | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Patara Gallery, conceived in 2017, stands as a testament to Jishkariani's innovative spirit. 

It has become a beacon for experimental and bold contemporary art, welcoming all regardless of status or background. 

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Its unique location in an underground passage and its history of relocation reflect its fluid identity and resilience. 

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Gvantsa Jishkariani: Dress of a Thousand Oceans, at CH64 Gallery, 2023 | Image Courtesy of the Artist

The Why Not Gallery, founded in 2018, further exemplifies Jishkariani's response to spatial and creative challenges, offering a vibrant space for video art and photography, and later expanding to host a broader array of contemporary works, with a particular focus on female and queer artists, as well as artists from the Soviet era.

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Jishkariani's work extends beyond traditional canvases to include video making, where she explores the impacts of media and entertainment on society.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - Occupied Facade of a Former Cinema Studio | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Her films are a chaotic blend of humor and visual intensity, contrasting sharply with her other media works. 

This multifaceted approach to art and curation, characterized by a playful yet profound engagement with material and technique, positions Gvantsa Jishkariani as a luminary in the contemporary art world. 

Her endeavors not only challenge and reinterpret cultural norms but also offer healing and introspection, making her a prominent and promising figure in the realms of art and curation.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani - I Hate Poetry, 2023 | Image Courtesy of the Artist


Stay updated with Gvantsa Jishkariani's art and her galleries, Patara Gallery and The Why Not Gallery.
Gvantsa Jishkariani is a contemporary artist and curator. Founder of Patara Gallery and The Why Not gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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