The early 1990s were a period of relative peace in Europe. The Soviet Union had collapsed and many countries started to see the beginnings of peace and democracy. Yet there were exceptions to this, such as in the Caucasus, particularly Georgia. A number of wars continued to influence the country, but also its art ï¿½ an art that is fascinating because of its modern, Western influences, combined with a reflection of its roots in this region.
This exhibition provides a fascinating overview of the recent developments in the work of an entire generation of young Georgian artists. Even though contemporary politics has manifestly had an impact on their work, this is not what gives it its direction. In terms of forms of expression, art rooted Georgian soil is thriving entirely within contemporary Western art traditions. At the same time, however, this work is deeply grounded in the region from which the artists have come.
Sandra Roelofs, First Lady of Georgia, will officialy open 'Born in Georgia'