The black and white video titled Change (2005) […] presents a true coup d’etat in the Georgian parliament under the shape of a “male ballet” by using slow motion and adding a death song by Veronika Voss from the Fassbinder film. “…Masculine will for power and history opposes feminine implantation in a natural constant flow of life and death and soul of the music.” (Fidelity to an Event. The Poetics of Koka Ramishvili. Viktor Miziano, 2008)
While searching for artists I wanted to present on this blog, I by chance stumbled upon the Georgian artist, Koka Ramishvili, born in 1956 in Tbilisi, ex-USSR.
What fascinated me in his work was both the warmth and subtlety of his artistic language, and the obvious connection he has to his country, Georgia, and its political development. Therefore I decided to include him in this blog, since I wanted to point out that our identity as a person is as much formed by the culture we live in, the country we come from and the political situation we found us in as by our personal situation, family or friends we live with.
Here another video installation of his I found fascinating:
TENDER TRANSITORY TRANSPORT
A poetic message to the people of West or Central Europe from Eastern Europeans consisting of Western newspaper off-prints and melodies from Eastern Europe (mini synopsis).
Text by: Patricia London Ante Paris
Music: Nika Machaidze
Video and concept: Koka Ramishvili
Production Company:Tblisi State Academy
See more of his work and read about it at
Koka Ramishvili currently lives and works in Switzerland, Geneva/CH. Education: 1975-1980 Tbilisi State Art Academy, (cinema, design industrial), Tbilisi, Georgia; 1990-1994 Studio Prof. Wolfgang Flatz, Munich. From 1997-1999, he was a coordinator at the Center of Contemporary Art in Tbilisi, from 2000-2005, he worked as an art coordinator at the “l’ Association “Echanges culturels entre la Suisse et la Géorgie” in Geneva, CH. He has won several grants and prizes from 1995-2004 in Austria, Germany, UK, and Switzerland.
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