Submission
Gvantsa Jishkariani

I Dream of Fire

The Why Not Gallery is pleased to present Gvantsa Jishkariani's eighth solo exhibition ‘I Dream of Fire’. The artist turns the gallery space into a dreamy landscape, where textures, scents and sounds create a unified sensory experience and invite the viewer to travel through forms and materials, sensations and associations.


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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I dream of fire, 2022
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I dream of fire, 2022, exposition view
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I dream of fire, 2022, Exposition view2
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, Brutal Honesty, 2022, Embroidery on Soviet period re-worked, torn, burnt tapestries, Glass beads 60x260cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, THROUGH THE BLIZZARDS, THROUGH THE WARS, 2022, Embroidery on reworked and burnt vintage Soviet period tapestry with golden fringes. 258 x 103cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, THROUGH THE BLIZZARDS, THROUGH THE WARS, 2022, Embroidery on reworked and burnt vintage Soviet period tapestry with golden fringes. 258 x 103cm, detail
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, Magnitude of Fear, 2022,Embroidery on reworked and burnt vintage Soviet period tapestry with golden fringes. 120 x 150 cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, UNGRATEFUL CUNTS BURNING IN THE FIRE I SET UP, 2022 Metal plate, glazed ceramics, chrome ceramic beads on metal hangers 35 x 53 x 11,5 cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, UNGRATEFUL CUNTS BURNING IN THE FIRE I SET UP, 2022 Metal plate, glazed ceramics, chrome ceramic beads on metal hangers 35 x 53 x 11,5 cm, details
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, MY GRANDPA BRINGS SMALL TURTLES AND WILD FLOWERS FROM THE MOUNTAINS, hand carved wood(1950s by artists' grandfather), glazed ceramic turtle(2022 by Gvantsa Jishkariani)
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, MY GRANDPA BRINGS SMALL TURTLES AND WILD FLOWERS FROM THE MOUNTAINS, 2022 Forest Green, Carrara, Roso and Negro Marble mosaic 30CM Diameter, 4 CM Depth
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, THEY BROUGHT BLUE BUTTERFLIES AND RELEASED THEM IN THE FIRE TO DANCE, 2022 Rose, Negro and Emperador Marble, red and Yellow Travertine, Onyx, lazurite mosaic on wood 65 x 75 x 1 cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, FIRST TO COME, LAST TO LEAVE , 2022 Lazurite, yellow Travertine, Marble Carrara and Negro Mosaic on wood, 28x48cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, RISING FROM THE ASHES AFTER FIRES,2022 Marble, Travertine, Onyx mosaic, silver chain, Pastel and pencils on burnt wood plate 35 x 48 x 1,5 cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, LIQUID, BUT SOUR, 2022 ONYX AND TRAVERTINE MOSAIC, DRIED PEPPER BEAD, CRYSTAL TEAR 40X59X1CM
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, HOW TO PAINT ROSES, 2022 Analogue double exposure photography, digital print, lightbox in wooden frame, Unique 103 x 70 x 15 cm
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I dream of fire, 2022, Exposition view3
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I Dream of Fire, 2022, Burnt curtain, moss, dried vine branches
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I Dream of Fire, 2022, Burnt curtain, moss, dried vine branches
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Gvantsa Jishkariani, I Dream of Fire, 2022, Burnt curtain, moss, dried vine branches, Mosaic

Gvantsa Jishkariani
I Dream of Fire
04/05/2022 -29/05/2022

The Why Not Gallery is pleased to present Gvantsa Jishkariani’s eighth solo exhibition ‘I Dream of Fire’.

The artist turns the gallery space into a dreamy landscape, where textures, scents and sounds create a unified sensory experience and invite the viewer to travel through forms and materials, sensations and associations.

In this seemingly magical spectacle, there is a strong sense of dissonance – the leading element of the exhibition is fire – as a substance, as an energy, as a symbol and as a potential. Fire features in almost every artwork, be it a visual representation or a physical residue. Emblems of destruction, violence, aggression, fear and renewal create a strangely pleasing sight, as if echoing the collective subconscious.

Today, when Europe is engulfed in the flames of war, it is difficult not to connect the exhibition to the existing context. It could be read as a reflection or even a premonition.

Gvantsa Jishkariani:
“Coming to this exhibition, I want the spectator to go up the trail and look at the forest floor from above, like ruins, joyously discovered and forgotten by the city. I want you to hear the muted sounds and smell the fire.

Some of you will enter this forest and while walking carefully, you will make small discoveries along the way. You will collect beautiful sights just as I have collected each of these images from my memories, books, documentaries, news broadcasts, and dreams.

May this journey be a remedy for your many times forgotten and sometimes recollected past, for people we only remember as snapshots, burnt diaries, wars lost, unfelt happiness, and be it a celebration of remembrance, of rebirth and of multiple births, and of miles flown with burnt wings. ‘