Georgia: This Friday, the Contemporary Art Space in the Black Sea city of Batumi will inaugurate an artistic exploration of youth subcultures over the prolonged period from the late 1910s to the present day.
Unspoken: Words of Silence and Noise, a display co-hosted by the venue and Nino Goge Gallery, is described by organisers as “artistic and aesthetic insights into Tbilisi’s sub- and club culture” over the decades.
According to the reports, a summary for the exhibition said it would ask questions on the socio-political potential of youth subcultures, tendencies unifying a worldwide experience in the context, and their presentation in an exhibition form.
“The exhibition reflects the historical, social, and political themes that have accompanied Georgia’s youth, sub, and club culture since 1918. In terms of content, at the artistic-aesthetic level, the exhibition also deals with the historical, social and political issues that are characteristic of the abovementioned cultures.”
The exhibition includes works by photographers Guram Tsibakhashvili and Omar Gogichaishvili (Hitori Ni), as well as a film by curator Wachtang Tscheischwili that combines archive footage and personal material for the resulting “documentary-retrospective and artistic overview” of the questions.
Moreover, Unspoken will mark the first exhibition of the season at Contemporary Art Space, which has previously hosted a range of displays, including Shipwreck, a 2020 photographic exhibition illustrating refugee and migrant stories, works under the Batumi Photo Days Festival umbrella in 2018, and Dialogue of Images, a 2018 exhibition that explored the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Georgia’s Ajara province and the Polish region of Lower Silesia.
The exhibition is set to run at the city gallery, which is located at 1/5 Zviad Gamsakhurdia Street, until May 1.