photographer Nino Alavidze shines in Batumi festival

Visitors attend a night show hosted during the Odessa/Batumi Photo Days festival. Photo from the festival., 12 Sep 2016 - 16:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Creative snapshots of moments in time by photographer Nino Alavidze are featuring in an annual photography festival uniting local and international artists in Georgia's seaside town Batumi.

For five days beginning September 10, several art spaces in Batumi have been showcasing photographic works within the second stage of the annual festival Odessa/Batumi Photo Days 2016. 

Alavidze is one of 31 photographers whose work is being displayed in the main exhibition at TBC Gallery.

A work by photographer Nino Alavidze showing children in the Tserovani IDP settlement returning home from school.

Alavidze's photos capture poignant snapshots of the daily life of 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in Georgia’s Tserovani settlement, who fled their homelands in Georgia's breakaway Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war.

Some images show IDPs in their daily work while other photos show children making their way home from school.

The photo festival was established last year. The first leg of the exhibition is traditionally hosted in Ukraine's Black Sea city Odessa in April, while Batumi hosts the second stage of the joint exhibition.  This year’s festival centred on the main theme of territory and space. 

A resident of the Tserovani IDP settlement in central Georgia. Photo by Nino Alavidze.

Over the coming days several global photography figures will lead master classes for the public, such as Tomasz Lazar from Poland, Ahlam Shibli from Palestine and Kang Jeauk from South Korea.

There will also be several themed presentations including a night show and talk on Iranian photography by Iranian photographer Ali Akbar Shirjian.

A view of the Tserovani settlement that houses 5,000 internally displaced persons. Photo by Nino Alavidze.

Finally, a presentation of the family archive of works by 20th Century Georgian photographer Shalva Alkhanaidze, who documented daily life of the country's mountainous population, will conclude the four-day festival.

The Odessa/Batumi Photo Days 2016 is held within Check in Georgia, a year-long Governmental project involving dozens of festivals, exhibitions and cultural shows across the country. 

The photo festival will end on September 14.