Tezi Gabunia: Playing with Our Heads

Tezi Gabunia’s multimedia installation “BREAKING NEWS: Flooding of the Louvre,“ will be presented at Armory Show in the Focus section this March, thus becoming the first work of an emerging contemporary Georgian artist to be showcased at this prestigious art forum. As he was preparing for this exhibition, I spoke to Gabunia and this is […]

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New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness – Part II (press release)

March 1 – April 5, 2020 Curated by Nina Mdivani Opening: Sunday, March 1, 4-6 PM, Kunstraum LLC, 20 Grand Avenue, Loft #509, Brooklyn, NY 11205  Artists: Anuk Beluga, Nino Biniashvili, Tim Foley, Rita Khachaturian, Tamara Kvesitadze, Dana Levy, Shiri Mordechay, Mariam Natroshvili & Detu Jincharadze, Andy Ralph, Giorgi Rodionov, Mikheil Sulakauri Bringing the rare dialogue […]

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Interview with Art Spiel

Nina Mdivani – NY Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Part I & II In Dialogue with Nina Mdivani on her curatorial project at Kunstraum LLC (Brooklyn) and The Assembly Room (LES) Rusudan Khizanishvili, Producing The New Body 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 31.49 x 27.55 inches Nina Mdivani is an independent curator, art writer, and current Curator-in-Residence […]

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New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness – Part I (press release)

New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness – Part I  Curated by Nina Mdivani and presented by Kunstraum LLC January 17 – February 23, 2020 Opening Friday, January 17, 6-8 pm   Assembly Room and Kunstraum LLC are pleased to present New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness-Part I, a group exhibition curated by Nina Mdivani, featuring works by Rusudan […]

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Otherness as a Wall (exhibition essay)

Exhibition essay for “New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Parts 1 & 2,” to be presented at the Kunstraum LLC and The Assembly Room collaborative exhibition project in January and in March 2020.   Otherness as a Wall 1  A positive affirmation of local values later turned into contempt for outsiders. Mario Vargas Llosa   Otherness […]

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Symbology of Anna Valdez

It was my pleasure to meet wonderful Bay-area based artist Anna Valdez and work on the essay for this book as well as to be part of the artist talk and exhibition opening at Hashimoto Contemporary, New York on October 5, 2019. The second essay from this book was authored by Chad Alligood. The book […]

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Q & A with Renée Stout: Private Spaces, Spiritual Advisors, and Resistance

Many contemporary African-American artists have explored the psychological effects of the arduous road they had to endure in the American history. But fewer of these artists have incorporated spiritual underpinnings of the various forces that have shaped this journey. Renee Stout (b.1968), the first African-American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, is asking these very spiritual questions. Stout explores the issues surrounding […]

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