King is Female

My book about three Georgian female artists Tamara Kvesitadze, Natela Grigalashvili, and Rusudan Khizanishvili with a foreword by Alfred Kornfeld from Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin has been published by Wienand Verlag in Berlin, October 2018 in conjunction with Galerie Kornfeld. It has been published both in English and in German. I spent one year researching and conversing with the three artists who in their own mediums (painting, sculpture, and photography) and in their lives explore complicated stories of being a woman, a mother, a wife, an artist.  Georgia is a traditional country that is currently undergoing the process of rapid modernization, old and new models of thinking are still in conflict with each other there. Contemporary art is powerfully illustrating these fascinating intersections and in this first book on the subject of contemporary female art in Eastern Europe, I offered an objective illustrative example of how women are capable of rising above the de rijeur roles of maids and kitchen queens to be simply female kings. It is the first book that explores questions of the feminine artistic identity in the context of the Eastern European historical, social, and cultural transformation of the last twenty years.

Publication of this book was accompanied by the opening of the exhibition King is Female I curated in conjunction with Kornfeld Galerie (Berlin) at Villa Wessel Kunstverein, Iserlohn, Germany.

You can read my introduction and a few pages from the book below.

Intro 1
Intro 2
Intro 3
Natela Grigalashvili
Natela Grigalashvili
Tamara Kvesitadze
Tamara Kvesitadze, Red, 2010
Rusudan Khizanishvili
Rusudan Khizanishvili


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Poster of exhibition King is Female, Iserlohn, Germany
King is Female launched at Frankfurt Art Fair,2018
King is Female launched at Frankfurt Book Fair,2018