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Announcing the winner project for representing Georgian national pavilion at the 58th international Venice Biennale 2019

On the 12nd of September 2018, Creative Georgia announced an “Open call for the projects to represent Georgian National Pavilion at the 58th International Venice Biennale 2019” with the initiative and support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

The deadline for submitting applications was October 26, 2018.

By the deadline ten complete applications have been received through the official email of Creative Georgia (

Applications have been sent to all members of the selection board for the further review period of the competition. 

Each board member individually evaluated all the applications according to the following criteria:

Concept and it relevance to the Biennial concept;
Project team experience;
Exposition design, technical specification;
Budget relevance to the concept and exposition design;
Members of the invited international and local selection board:

- Beral Madra - Curator, Art Historian, head of BM Contemporary Art Center, Turkey;
- Eva Gonzalez Sancho - Curator, Oslo Biennale, Norway;
- Saul Anton - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute, USA;
- Ketevan Shavgulidze - Curator, Art historian, Lecturer, Tbilisi, State Academy of Arts, Georgia;
- Mikheil Giorgadze - First Deputy Minister at Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.
According to the evaluation tables of all five board members, the first place goes to the project - REARMIRRORVIEW Simulation is Simulation, is Simulation, is Simulation… 
Artist: Anna K.E.
Curator: Margot Norton
Simone Subal Gallery and Project ArtBeat
The second place took the project One-Fifth of the Last Second of the Last Hour
Curator: Andrey Misiano, Erti Gallery 
And the third place took the project Georgian table 
Curator: Irina Kurtishvili 

REARMIRRORVIEW, Simulation is Simulation, is Simulation, is Simulation...
For the 58th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2019, Georgian artist Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia) will create REARMIRRORVIEW, Simulation is Simulation, is Simulation, is Simulation… (2019), a new, large-scale architectural environment for the Georgian Pavilion. The work, her most ambitious to date, brings together many of the major motifs in the artist’s work, which she has been avidly producing throughout her career in a dynamic and diverse practice that engages equally with video, sculpture, performance, drawing, and installation. K.E., who was trained as a classical ballet dancer, has an acute sense of how the body moves through space, and her fluid architectural environments suggest a choreography, leading viewers to weave in and around her installations. Her whimsical videos often feature her own body as protagonist, restricted, contorted, or isolated, often pointing toward an evolving interdependency between our corporeal and digital selves. Absurd yet poignant allegories for contemporary life, K.E.’s works invite us to consider unconventional vantage points, illuminating how seemingly incongruous notions can coexist.
K.E.’s structure for REARMIRRORVIEW… will be equal parts public stage, ascending and descending tribunal platform, communal fountain, and sculptural object of observation. Her rising plateaus constructed of steel framework and brightly colored powder-coated tiles will recall a matrix of digital pixels at low resolution, transporting viewers into an environment that suggests a sleek synthetic model. As her title suggests, K.E. here creates a mirror whereby transitional processes are inverted and a flat simulation is crafted into a vibrant multi-dimensional landscape. Interspersed throughout the installation will be a compendium of her videos produced throughout her career, as well as steel faucet-like sculptures based on the original Georgian alphabet, Asomtavruli, which phonetically spell the English word “deranged.” In keeping with the concept of the Venice Biennale, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” K.E. here questions the structures of language and translation, methods by which information and meaning are conveyed. The word “deranged” itself refers to something that has become disturbed, irrational, or unstable—a mistranslation or “alternative fact” that may unhinge commonplace connections between language, form, and perception. As systems and institutions we once thought to be bedrock-stable now reveal themselves to be mere facades, artificial and precariously balanced, or even on the verge of collapse, K.E.’s works remind us of those fundamental idiosyncrasies we share, and which keep us human.
The 58th international Venice Biennale is underlined by the concept of May You Live in Interesting Times curated by Ralph Rugoff.
- Unofficial opening of the exhibition - May 8-10, 2019;
- Official opening of the exhibition - May 11, 2019;
- The exhibition will last till November 24, 2019;
May You Live in Interesting Times will unite artworks which give opportunity to the visitors to newly rethink objects, images, gestures and situations.
“The 58th International Venice Biennale 2019 will underline general approaches in making art and in perception of art in society, which involves both enjoyment and critical reasoning. Artist who thinks this way, will often bring different meaning to facts, by intensifying connection and imbuing with new meaning.

Information about the competition at the webpage of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia

Information about the competition at the show - Skhva Shuadge

Information about the competition at the show - #Nashuadgevs

Information about the competition at the Georgian Broadcaster's news

Radio Tavisupleba about the competition

Information about the competition at Maestro TV news

Information about the competition at TV Pirveli news

Information about the competition at Interpressnews

3D visualization: Russell Kirk