About Me

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I am Tbilisi-born and New York-based curator, writer and researcher. My undergraduate degrees are from Tbilisi State University and Mount Holyoke College, both in International Relations and Gender Studies. I am candidate for MA in Museums Studies at City University of New York. My previous working experience includes United Nations, Columbia University  as well as various nongovernmental organizations, with focus on political or sociological research.

Over the last three years I have been invited to participate in various projects with the focus on contemporary painting and photography, women artists, gender imbalance. My first book, “King is Female,” telling the story of three acclaimed female Georgian artists and their journey inside the male-dominated world of societal and artistic traditions was published by Wienand Verlag in Berlin, October 2018 in conjunction with Kornfeld Gallery, Berlin and launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair. You can find more information about the book in My Books section of this website.

From March 2019 to May 2020 I have been selected and worked as Curator-in-Residence at Kunstraum, Brooklyn-based art hub that serves as a multidisciplinary platform for daring and envelope-pushing curatorial initiatives. As a resident curator I worked on putting together exhibitions as well as overseeing additional programming for this alternative space. My residency culminated in the two-part exhibition New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness that cumulatively presented nine Georgian and five New York-based artists in visual dialogue with each other. Exploring phenomenon of Otherness in various aspects through artworks and finding correspondences as well as contrasts was challenging and exciting. This exhibition project was selected by New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) for fiscal sponsorship.

Among my publications: “Anna Valdez: Natural Curiosity” (Paragon Books, Berkeley, CA 2019), “Lechaki: Photography of Daro Sulakauri” (ERTI Gallery, Georgia 2018), “The Science, Religion, and Culture of Georgia A Concise and Illustrated History” (NOVA Science Publishing, New York 2017). My articles have been featured in Arte Fuse New York, White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Arte & Lusso Dubai, East European Film Bulletin Berlin, Coeur Et ArtHyperallergic, Art Spiel, Indigo Magazine, Heinrich Boell Foundation blog.  

 My current and ongoing focus as a researcher and curator is discerning and studying alternative narratives within dominant cultures. You can see my recent reviews, essays, and articles in My Articles section of the website and see installation photos from exhibitions I have curated in Curatorial section.

CURATED EXHIBITIONS:

October 2021 The Border Project Space, Brooklyn Theater of the Absurd

June 2021 Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles Social Experiment

May 2021 Ivy Brown Gallery, New York Defied Logic

March 2021 NARS Foundation, Brooklyn This Is Not My Tree, 14 artists on immigration

November 2020 Solo exhibition of Rusudan Khizanishvili at 68 Projects, Berlin Rooms & Beings

August 2020 Digital group project in collaboration with Joshua Goode, director of The Carillon Gallery on Tarrant County College South Campus 7 Days 7 Women 7 Narratives

May 2020 Ria Keburia Foundation, Georgia In a Room with a Wild Coyote (postponed)

March 2020 Kunstraum, Brooklyn New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Part II

January 2020 Assembly Room, New York New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Part I

September 2018 Kunstverein Villa Wessel, Iserlohn, Germany  — King is Female: 3+1 (Kvesitadze, Khizanishvili, Grigalashvil, Iankoshvili)

June 2018 MoMa Tbilisi, Georgia –Natela Iankoshvili Centennial Exhibition, co-curated with Mamuka Bliadze

April 2018 Mark Rothko Foundation, Daugavpils, Latvia- Rusudan Khizanishvili: Conversion Device

January 2018 Tbilisi Museum of Literature, Georgia – Rusudan Khizanishvili: Conversion Device

VISITING CRITIC/JUROR:

May 2021-Studio visitor, Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, NY

March 2021-Juror for 2021 Border Project space open call, Brooklyn,NY

February 2021—Juror for 2021 New Work, Bronx Council on the Arts, NY

August 2020– Visiting critic for Art Omi artist residency program, New Ghent, NY

June 2020 – Visiting critic, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

May 2020—Juror/concept creator for COVID-19 grant initiative in partnership with Ria Keburia Foundation, Tbilisi, Georgia

February 2020—Juror for 2020 New Work, Bronx Council on the Arts, NY

June 2019 – Visiting critic, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

March 2019-Juror, exhibition open call, Kunstraum, Brooklyn,NY

February 2019 – Studio visitor, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

PANELS AND CURATORIAL EVENTS:

November 2021-Artistk talk with Shiri Mordechay and Roberto Clemente De Leon Theater of the Absurd,The Border Project Space, Brooklyn.

June 2021-Panelist, Uprootedness & Hybridity: Researching Eastern-European Intergenerational Trauma in the Arts and Theatre, Counterpoint Arts as part of UK Refugee Week 2021

April 2021-Panel moderator, Connecting Ecosystem to Environment and Notions of Belonging

This is Not My Tree, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn.

March 2020-Panel moderator, Eastern European Art & the Age of ExtremityNew York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Part II,Kunstraum LLC, Brooklyn. 

February 2020– Artist talk with J.Cerqueira Leite, New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Part I,Assembly Room

December 2019– Curatorial Walk-through, Cultural Focus Group, Kunstraum LLC, Brooklyn

October 2019– Panel moderator, The Lonely EclipseKunstraum LLC, Brooklyn

October 2019-Artist talk with Anna Valdez, Natural Curiosity, Hashimoto Contemporary, NY

May 2019– Curatorial Walk-through, Serenity Later, Kunstraum LLC, Brooklyn

September 2018-Opening Speech King is Female: 3+1, Iserlohn, Germany

June 2018– Opening Speech Natela Iankoshvili Centennial Exhibition

TEACHING:

December 2021- Lecture Showcasing Women Artists in New York Art Business Academy, Kiev, Ukraine 

March 2021 – 5-day remote seminar How to Read/Write About Art Ria Keburia Residency 

GRANTS/AWARDS:

2020-NARS Foundation exhibition open call winner, Brooklyn

2019—New York Foundation for the Arts, Fiscal sponsorship for exhibition project “New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness”

2019-Assembly Room exhibition open call winner, NY

2019-Kunstraum, Brooklyn exhibition open call winner

2003-2006—Mount Holyoke College, scholarship for international students

ONGOING PROJECT IN 2021/2022:

In this series of conversations, Tbilisi-born and New York-based curator and art writer Nina Mdivani will profile twelve Georgian women artists. Some of them are known to the wider audience, while some deserve to be rediscovered. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Below you can find the schedule of our meetings all presented in collaboration with The Georgian Association in the USA:

Meeting One: Natela Grigalashvili & Rusudan Khizanishvili
Date: June 13, Sunday 2:00 PM EST

Meeting Two: Vera Pagava  
Date: July 18, Sunday 2:00 PM EST

Meeting Three: Elene Akhvlediani
Date: September 12, Sunday 2:00 PM EST

Meeting Four: Tamar Abakelia & Natela Iankoshvili
Date: October 10, Sunday 2:00 PM EST

Meeting Five: Gayane Khachaturian & Ema Lalaeva-Ediberidze 
Date November 14, Sunday 2:00 PM EST

Meeting Six: Esma Oniani & Keti Kapanadze
Date: December 12, Sunday 2:00 PM EST

Meeting Seven:Tamara Kvesitadze & Mariam Natroshvili
Date: January 9,2022 Sunday 2:00 PM EST

You choose here which session or sessions you would like to attend. Please note that we will send everyone who registered reminders one week ahead of each meeting and you may thus get an email about a meeting that you might not have selected. You can see past segments here.

Press about this project.

Contact

Email: nina@ninamdivani.com

Instagram: @ninamdivani