Artbeat presents a group exhibition ‘Songs Die As Soon As They Are Forgotten’.
Participating artists: Salome Chigilashvili, Mamuka Japharidze, Mari Kalabegashvili, Deborah Hanson Murphy, Romain Sarrot, Adrien Vescovi, Zoe Williams.
Curated by Anissa Touati.
‘‘Songs Die As Soon As They Are Forgotten’ refers to the symbolic form of the circle, the metaphor of life which starts again in a burst of saving energy. This existentialist reflection on the circular movement is also a way of underlining the absurdity of life, the absurdity of the passage of time. Throughout the gallery space, the exhibition stresses the ridiculousness of things - things that end and begin again, begin and end again… In any case, it is all about starting over.
‘If a score ends and starts with the same music, it means that time is circular, that time is suspended, so we are in Paradise” often notice musicians. As if to remind us that the end of a circle is only its beginning, the beginning of the next one.....’ Songs die as soon as they are forgotten’ alludes to the cycle of the seasons changing the opposition between the circular and linear vision of time into a rapprochement that makes sense. The loop is real, dominant, filled with nostalgia but Its forward movement ultimately creates the future: The wheel of time does not turn in a vacuum.
Indeed, how many worlds exist within us we barely see every day? Though there are many mysteries we cannot even imagine. Do secret doors exist? If so, do we actually live in a closed Inner and outer Universe?’ - Anissa Touati.
Salome Chigilashvili is Georgian visual artist, born in 1996 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from Visual Arts, Architecture & Design School – VA[A]DS of Free University of Tbilisi.
She is a multimedia artist, works in different mediums including sculpture, painting, found objects. As a material she often uses threads and plaster.
Mamuka Japharidze (born in 1962, in Tbilisi) lives and works in Tbilisi and UK. The medium of his works changes according to the context and environment and includes: happenings, collections of objects and images, video projections, photography, linguistic games, drawings, sound design, prints, photo archives collected over a long period of time…
Mari Kalabegashvili (b. 1999) lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She recently received her BFA from the Visual Arts, Architecture, and Design School (V[A]ADS) of the Free University of Tbilisi. Using contradictions as an entry point, she builds up a personal narrative and poses the question of what happens after ever after. Through the public display of her multimedia installations, spectators are invited to interact with the work itself. By altering found, used, and traditional materials – wool, clay, silk..., her interventions take on an organizational role and create a determination to synchronize the dynamics of the given environment with its context without being distanced from it.
Mathilde Rosier was born in 1973 in Paris. She lives and works in Burgundy, France.
Rosier’s work stems from her interest in the physical and psychological experience of ancient rites and rituals. Her research often embodies fictional offshoots or parts of a narrative, where constellations of self-made costumes, mystic representations of animals and nature often seem like props, an abandoned stage set, or solitary protagonists of an unfamiliar yet compelling reality. Through the combination of painting, film, dance and theatre, Rosier constructs dreamlike situations that allow the beholder to lose any sense of space and time, opening a portal between conscious and unconscious realms.
Romain Sarrot is a visual artist and videograph living in Paris.
Since 2010 he creates pieces with various materials (resin, mastic, paper, plastic, silicon). The main part of his artistic approach is centered on the misappropriation of objects that surround us and putting them in perspective. His work is about how embellishes traditions, Habits, and manages to generate the projection of phantasmagorical past.
Adrien Vescovi born 1981 in France, works and lives in Paris.
Adrien Vescovi makes paintings by exposing multiple fabrics to outdoor conditions; the weather then causes several processes on the textile: like Sun-whitening and ripping, and dye will drop and leak in between fabrics. Time makes paintings, or might the Earth have made the paintings? We are the new hippies, is a nice way to say it. Adrien crafts the stretcher for his paintings, that now include elements of carpentry, such as the hinges of a window or a door; there is a bench from where to look at the painting. Hugs.
Zoe Williams (b. 1983) Lives and works in London, UK.
Zoe’s practice incorporates a range of mediums including moving image, ceramics, drawing and performance and is often collaborative in its process and outcome. These elements are combined to create immersive objects and environments, which conjure a playful and corrosive interchange between notions of the erotic, craft, magic, gender, hedonism and excess. Through the cross contamination of these influences, she wishes to provoke conversations around the pressures of power, the politics of sex and the economics of production. Artist’s work explores the shifting use values of objects and rituals through history and within contemporary society. Food also plays a prevalent role within her practice, as a tool for exchange, disgust and sensuality.
The exhibition is supported by Rooms Hotel Tbilisi.