V A J I K O C H A C H K H I A N I
Winter which was not there
Turku Art Museum, Darkroom 1 June – 26 August 2018
Press preview: Thursday 31 May 2018 1 pm at Turku Art Museum
Opening: Thursday 31 May from 18–20
The works of Vajiko Chachkhiani are shaped by a
poetic humanism that exists between personal experience and political
reality as well as psychological explorations. Directly or indirectly,
the point of departure for many of his works is an exchange of objects
or actions between people. Chachkhiani condenses his subjects by using
reduced forms in a subtle interplay between revealing and concealing.
Parallel to his sculptures and installations he has developed a
cinematic oeuvre ranging from the documentation of single occurrences to
more narrative films that hover between dreams and reality.
Winter which was not there (2017) explores the relationship between the historical and the personal and its impact on the psychological formation of an individual. Set in somber Georgian scenery, the film unfolds around a monumental statue resembling an archetypal historical figure (a poet or a politician), but in fact with similarities to the main character, a man with a dog. The statue is hoisted out of the sea and dragged behind a car through rural and urban landscapes until it vanishes completely. There are subtle references to such cinematic genres as the road movie, and contains vague connections between the protagonist and the situations flashing past the car window along the way. The film implies a process of liberation from your own history as well from the historical circumstances while emphasizing the inner entanglement of the individual.
Vajiko Chachkhiani (born 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Mathematics and Informatics before turning to Fine Art, which he studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Chachkhiani represented Georgia at the Venice Biennale 2017 and recently his works have also been seen in Istanbul Biennial (2017), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2017) and Carré d’Art–Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2017).
This exhibition is supported in part by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Winter which was not there is commissioned by Pinchuk Art Centre for exhibition of Future Generation Art Prize 2017 and Daniel Marzona, Berlin.
For further information
Curator Annina Sirén
Tel. +358 50 3568 800