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‘Both’, Vajiko Chachkhiani

Vajiko Chachkhiani was born 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He originally began studying mathematics and computer science, before turning to art. Since 2009 he has been living in Berlin, where he studied at the Berlin University of the Arts until 2013 under Gregor Schneider. Vajiko Chachkhiani's art touches upon life's existential questions. A concrete block with cut off hair as the leftovers of a performance, an oppressively overheated room with high humidity, charred trees as witnesses of the war that raged in his home country Georgia – his sculptures, installations, and performances raise questions about human nature and the history and conflicts connected to it. Traces of human activities and changes through time are visualized emphatically using materials such as traded personal effects, wax, or water. Chachkhiani's work is persuasive because of its incomparable interpenetration of various artistic media. The different points of view on human life emphasize life's preciousness and affects viewers directly.

Vajiko Chachkhiani will receive the 7th Rubens Promotional Award, which was established in 1980 and is awarded quinquennialy. The exhibition ‘Both’ (26.10.2014 – 08.02.2015) will open in conjunction with the award celebration. This publication documents the exhibition and gives further information about the origin of certain artworks. By numbering the chapter from 1 to 10 and then repeat chapter 1, the book reflects the circular course of exhibition rooms. Loose pages with poems intensify the personal approach Vajiko Chachkhiani has to the book.

Designed by Studio Manuel Raeder (Santiago da Silva, Manuel Raeder), published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE
English, 150  × 215 mm, 184 pages, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-943514-32-2 
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