Artisterium VI – The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project – October 2013
In October Eoin Mac Lochlainn and I travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia to curate and install The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at Artisterium VI, Tbilisi International Exhibition of Contemporary Art. Over three days we installed the collaborative artworks from he project and individual artworks from the participating artists comprising Ireland’s representation at Artisterium VI. The artists were Brian Fay, Mary A.Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Colin Martin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin and Ian Joyce. Our exhibition space was at the Tbilisi History Museum main venue for Artisterium .
The opening night of Artisterium is a very important night in the Tbilisi cultural calendar with hundreds of viewers, artists, curators, press and media alike thronging to the Tbilisi History Museum to view the multimedia exhibition of artists from over twenty countries. The theme for this year’s Artisterium is Am I You? – Acceptance of the unfamiliar as a crucial aspect of today’s life. There are many kinds of philosophical, social and psychological theories to describe our relationships to minorities, other nations, other religions, or people who think differently – The Other. The theme takes as its source of inspiration a performance by the Georgian artist Iliko Zautashvili “Am I You?” (1998). In the performance the artist uses four participants divided into two pairs and asks them to make attempts at understanding each other. This performance was recreated for the opening night of Artisterium VI.
The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project was was very well received and initiated interesting conversations about the process of developing the project and working collaboratively. Although confined by size and weight constrictions with transporting the artworks to Tbilisi the Irish representation at Artisterium comprised a range of work from the artists including drawing, paintings, photography, video and installation giving a good snapshot of contemporary Irish artists. We have invited artists from Georgia to participate in the project in its next manifestation so there will be a further layer added to it.
Full catalogue for Artisterium VI can be viewed here: http://artisterium.org/Artisterium2013/Catalog2013.pdf
Here are images from the The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at Artisterium VI at Tbilisi History Museum and link to short video (50 sec) of the opening night here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l1KsRiABpE