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I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. My undergraduate degree is from Tbilisi State University and Mount Holyoke College in International Relations and Gender Studies. After graduating from college, through the Columbia University initiative I coordinated various social programs that helped low-income families and the homeless of New York City. Later I worked at the Georgian Mission to the United Nations in the capacity of an advisor.
Since 2015 I switched my focus to art and visual culture although throughout my academic life I took courses in creative writing, art theory, art history, and philosophy. I have been invited to participate in various projects with a 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 and launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Among my other publications: “Anna Valdez: Natural Curiosity” (Paragon Books, Berkeley, CA), “Lechaki: Photography of Daro Sulakauri” (ERTI Gallery, Georgia), “The Science, Religion, and Culture of Georgia A Concise and Illustrated History” (NOVA Science Publishing, New York), featured articles in Hyperallergic, Art Spiel, Indigo Magazine, Heinrich Boell Foundation website.
I have curated several exhibitions including New York Meets Tbilisi: Defining Otherness Part I at Assembly Room (LES), and Part II at Kunstraum LLC (Brooklyn); King is Female at Villa Wessel Kunstverein, Iserlohn, Germany October 2018; Natela Iankoshvili Centennial at MoMa Tbilisi, Georgia June 2018; Conversion Device by Rusudan Khizanishvili at Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia April 2018.
I currently live in New York City. 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.
My next curatorial project as an independent curator is exhibition This is Not My Tree at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, a winner of 2020 Open Call. This show brings together fourteen artists from various countries, all contemplating what it means to belong, be it in the sense of natural landscape or when being perceived as invasive species. Due to pandemic the exhibition, scheduled for April, has been postponed until later this year.