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Gvantsa Jishkariani (d. 1991) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Tbilisi State Academy of the Fine Arts, then completed an informal master's program at the Center of Contemporary Art-Tbilisi. Since then, the artist has been actively exhibiting in Georgia and abroad, including Brussels, Prague, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Naples and Baku.

 

Gvantsa is the co-founder of the contemporary art galleries in Tbilisi,  Patara Gallery and The Why Not Gallery. In 2021 Gvantsa was awarded with Prince Claus Foundation Seed Awards for young artists and art practitioners. In 2020 she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Between 2017 and 2019, Gvantsa was the curator of the Tbilisi Photo Festival Night of Photography. In 2019 she won the NARS Foundation Studio Grant, New York (not-taken), and in 2017 the artist received the Tsinandali Award in Visual Arts. Gvantsa was the founder of the first Georgian online magazine Gar-Gar magazine on art and fashion (2013-18).

Her creative practices, both artistic and curatorial, reflect on the artist's immediate environment, personal experiences and socio-political realities. The artist works in a variety of materials and techniques, often inspired by Georgian cultural heritage, and then interpreted in a completely different way. Recently, the artist has been actively working around Georgian craft traditions, such as mosaics, tapestries, as a kind of therapy to reflect on her own experiences and collective memories of her generation.

CV

 

EDUCATION:

2013-2014 Informal M.A. in Creative Mediation, Center of Contemporary Art Tbilisi (CCA-T)

2009-2013 B.A. of Architecture and Design, Tbilisi State Academy of Arts

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES/GRANTS

2022

Lottozero Textile Labs - Residency grant, Prato, Italy

2021

Prince Claus Foundation - Seed Awards recipient

2020

Exhibition Grant - Ministry of Culture Georgia

Forbes Georgia - 30 under 30 - visual arts

2019

Studio grant at Fotograf Gallery, Prague, Czechia

Studio grant at NARS foundation, NY, USA

2018

RESIDENCY GRANT at BINZ39, Zurich, Switzerland

2017

WINNER of Tsinandali award in Visual Art

RESIDENCY GRANT at Transcultural ArtLab, Juist, Germany

RESIDENCY GRANT at Frauenkulturburo NRW e.V., Dusseldorf, Germany

2016

RESIDENCY GRANT at Yarat, Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

RESIDENCY GRANT at Batumi Back Yard Stories, Batumi, Georgia

REPRESENTED BY

The why not gallery (Tbilisi, Georgia)     

2017-2019 Curator at Tbilisi Photo Festival

Since 2017 Founder and curator of PATARA gallery and The Why Not Gallery

Since 2014 Founder of a portal about Georgian Art – Gargar.ge

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2022

Professionally hot- A01 gallery, Naples, Italy, (Solo, TBA)

I Dream of Fire - The why not gallery (Solo, May)

Munich, ( Two person show, TBA)

2020

Together Forever - Solo Show at Open Space, Tbilisi Georgia

Permanent Adolescence - Solo show in Ballon Rouge Club, Brussels, Belgium

2019

Who will record History? solo show at Project Artbeat, Tbilisi, Georgia

2018

a Tree.ხე at A01 gallery, Naples, Italy

REPTILIANS WITH WINGS at Template Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

GOODS ARE LEFT ON THE SHELVES-Performance at Nectar Gallery Performance Days, Tbilisi, Georgia

2017

SAVANNA SAVAGE at the Moving Gallery by Project ArtBeat, Batumi, Georgia

2016

Whales are Lonely at State silk museum, Tbilisi, Georgia

WITCHCRAFT AND CURIOSITY at A01 gallery, Naples, Italy

COUNTERFEIT GOODS at Yarat, Baku, Azerbaijan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2022

I've seen the future baby, It's sexy-  at Skuc gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

I am Nobody, who are you? , at Rhizome, Kortrijk, Belgium

Soft opening, Halle13, Vienna , Austria, (TBA, March)

Sorry, No Flowers Here, The why not gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia, February- March

2021

ALL YOUR FAVOURITE BITCHES & WITCHES at CAS Batumi, Georgia
TWO SHAPES OF LEAF ON TREE at KAIR, Kosice, Slovakia

PUNK IS IN THE HEAD at A01 gallery, Naples

2019
GROUP SHOW at gallery artbeat, Tbilisi, Georgia

UTILITIES, gallery Warehouse, Tbilisi, Georgia

2018

EENY, MEENY, MINNIE MOE at Project ArtBeat, Tbilisi, Georgia

IN AND OUT OF REALITY at Expo Georgia, Tbilisi Art Fair, Tbilisi, Georgia

2017

OCCURRENCES at Gallery Nectar, Tbilisi, Georgia

TAVIDAN at CCA TBILISI, Tbilisi, Georgia

NACHTFOYER at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany

SUFFOCATION VIA BUTTERFLY EFFECT at State Silk Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia

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