Research

Here a few research projects I have been recently working on.

June – December 2021 – In this series of conversations, I will profile twelve Georgian women artists. Some episodes will include living artists and some experts working with legacies of these remarkable women of Georgia. All videos will be in English and will be recorded and released via a YouTube channel.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZEvf-qgqT4oEtbK_1JaP…

John Currin, Thanksgiving 2003

May 2021– Every family has secrets and dysfunctional family of America as a nation has several of its own. To see outline of these secrets more clearly this paper for my graduate course Contemporary Issues of Public Policy considers three different narratives surrounding Thanksgiving, in the end deciding if there is any way to truly reconcile them. Main ambiguity surrounding the holiday is how narration by the newly arrived and soon dominant Anglo-Saxons supplanted the actual truth of the genocide of Native Americans they have initiated.

May 2020 – Narratives of Otherness, Contemporary Georgian Art and Its Few Strands This research project was conducted in 2019-2020, initially envisioned as a textual part of my exhibition on Otherness. It starts with perspectives on the phenomenon in the works of several thinkers, such as Hegel, Lacan, and Bhabha, followed by an overview of Otherness in Georgian culture and art, focusing on the 20th century. Essay concludes with a few thoughts on my selection for the exhibition.

Vajiko Chachkhiani, “Living Dog Among Dead Lions” was shown in the Georgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2017; Image courtesy: Otis College.