press release

Preopening show: at Kino.Lab Cinema, 5:30 p.m., Towards Reality, video art and experimental films from the Caucasus Opening reception: 28.06, 7 p.m. Opening show: performance by Natalia Mali, artist from Dagestan

The exhibition of artists from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia presented at CCA is part of the TransCaucasus Festival, an international and multidisciplinary project. TransCaucasus 2009 will be the fourth edition of the festival promoting contemporary Caucasus culture. In addition to open-air events, concerts, and a film review in Warsaw's Kinoteka movie theater, there will be two contemporary art exhibitions, one at Ujazdowski Castle, the other at Kordegard Gallery in Warsaw. The idea of the project at the CCA is to present independent works of particular artists who are processing their own cultures in their unique or everyday varieties. The artists face history, membership in a given world, and changes that may interfere with their thinking about themselves and their identity.

Armenia. In 1988, an earthquake flattened Giumri, Armenia's second-largest city. In the face of the calamity, Soviet authorities initiated construction to foster resettlement. Construction began a year later, but was never finished due to dissolution of the Soviet Union, money shortages, and conflicting political goals. A series of works by Vahram Aghasyan entitled Ghost city references these events by showing half-finished ruins of a future that never materialized.

Azerbaijan. La Vie en Rouge is a project based on the selection of pieces wholly or partially dominated by the color red. This evokes ideological themes, from the revolutionary to the materialistic, such as the latest model of a Porsche. A collection of red objects allows for investigation of the power of this color and its effect on viewers confronted with the vision of reality presented by artists from Azerbaijan.

Georgia. Structural Changes are the works of 13 artists that show the multiplicity of views on the results of change. The changes shown are fragmentary and symbolic or even sketchy. They sometimes approach the absurd, or touch on numerous planes of their existence; they are surprising for their diminutive or grandiose scale.

Key Partners: Other Space Foundation, International Association of Art Critics (Armenia), TuTu Cultural Center (Azerbaijan), New Art Union (Georgia)

Key supporters: City of Warsaw, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Artists: Vahram Aghasyan, Eldar Agamalov, Faiq Akhmedov, Farid Aliyev, Eliar Alimirzoyev, Agdes Bagirzade, Rena Effendi, Rafig Gambarov, Kahn Gasimov, Fahriya Mamedova, Jeyhun Ojadov, Sevinj Pirizade, Farid Rasulov, Mahmud Rustamov, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Iliko Zautashvili, Archil Turmanidze, Niko Tsetkhladze, Elene Rakviashvili, Temo Javakshvili, Konstantin Sulaberidze, Kote Jinchardze, Konstantin Mindadze, Wato Tsereteli, Gio Sumbadze, Maia Sumbadze, Mikhail Gogrichiani

Festival program director: Witek Hebanowski Curators: Eva Khachatrian (Armenia), Jahangir Selimkhanov (Azerbaijan), Rusiko Oat (Georgia), Wato Tsereteli (Georgia), Dorota Kownacka-Rogulska (Poland)

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ALL & NOW
art from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
As part of the International Festival of Caucusus Cultures: TransCaucasus 2009
video, paintings, installations, photographs
Festival Programmdirektor: Witek Hebanowski
Kuratoren: Eva Khachatrian, Jahangir Selimkhanov, Rusiko Oat, Wato Tsereteli, Dorota Kownacka-Rogulska

Künstler: Vahram Aghasyan, Eldar Agamalov, Faiq Akhmedov, Farid Aliyev, Eliar Alimirzoyev, Agdes Bagirzade, Rena Effendi, Rafig Gambarov, Kahn Gasimov, Fahriya Mamedova, Jeyhun Ojadov, Sevinj Pirizade, Farid Rasulov, Mahmud Rustamov, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Iliko Zautashvili, Archil Turmanidze, Niko Tsetkhladze, Elene Rakviashvili, Temo Javakshvili, Konstantin Sulaberidze, Kote Jinchardze, Konstantin Mindadze, Wato Tsereteli, Gio Sumbadze, Maia Sumbadze, Mikhail Gogrichiani