Paris' galerie frank elbaz displaying artist Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili & Rooms Studio creatives

Rooms Studio & Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, The Wet Material, 2022. Photo: Claire Dorn., 10 Feb 2022 - 16:34, Tbilisi,Georgia

Visual works by three Georgian women artists come together in a display described as "meditative" and offering interrelated images reflecting the chaotic nature of a city they come from, in a galerie frank elbaz exhibition in Paris.

The venue has lent its space to artists Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, the latter representing Rooms Studio, to display a number of their works - visual and tactile - in the display entitled The Wet Material.

In the exposition, which opened in the French capital's gallery on Saturday, the featured works include Alexi-Meskhishvili's Georgian Ornament - photographs of plastic bags sold by souvenir stores in Tbilisi and bearing ornaments reflecting traditional Georgian motifs.

Effectively stripped of their essence through the commercialisation, the details are seen in the photographs via analog films as well as "camera-free", as described by art critic Elene Abashidze, who describes how the negatives expose "the translucent bags on the film emulsion with finger lights, thus capturing the gesture of her hand, and the act of recording itself."


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