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An interview with Gio Sumbadze about a Group Exhibition of Georgian Artists, Beyond Credit in New York

The new gallery space for Art in General was opened with Beyond Credit, a group exhibition of Georgian artists in Brooklyn, NY, February 2, 2016. The exhibition, curated by Wato Tsereteli, features the works of five Georgian artists: Thea Gvetadze, Mamuka Japharidze, Nika Machaidze, Nino Sekhniashvili and Gio Sumbadze.

This very interesting Georgian exhibition, hosting a large number of visitors, will run till April, 2016. We are pleased that Project ArtBeat is among the supporters of the exhibition.

Project ArtBeat’s Mariam talked to our artist and the participant of the exhibition Gio Sumbadze about Beyond Credit.


Mariam Loria- Whose idea was it to make exhibition at Art in General? How did you come together?

Gio Sumbadze– Curators of the Art in General, Kirsten Chappa and Anne Barlow, visited me last year and we had a talk regarding this topic. Afterwards, they had business meeting with Wato in CCA (Center of Contemporary Art in Tbilisi). The first cooperation with Art in General was Chubika’s exhibition in 2015. Then our group exhibition Beyond Credit was organized. The works by Thea Gvetadze, Mamuka Japharidze, Nika Machaidze, Nino Sekhniashvili and me are curated by Wato Tsereteli. Art in General’s new space was opened with this exhibition.

M. L. – What do you think about the exhibition? What are the outcomes?

G. S. – The context of the exhibition is very rectified. All the artworks are in dialogue with each other. Also, it was very significant in terms of the dialogue between the US and Georgia. The exhibition was well-organized by both sides and being part of it was really important for me. Generally it seems to be a substantial organization. I want to thank Project ArtBeat for supporting me. I think it is very good for Project ArtBeat to be affiliated with Art in General.


M. L. – Tell me about your artworks presented at Beyond Credit.

G. S. – I made the work Connecting Skies specially for this space. I am interested in ecology and the issues connected with the nature. Accordingly, I observe the current processes in Georgia and United States. Since, I had an opportunity I reflected this theme in my work. I am interested in atmospheric physics and the level of environmental pollution/cleanliness, also in the pollution index in different areas. The US has one of the best results in environmental protection. Therefore, I don’t mind presenting our clouds there, because I know that American people care about environment and try not to pollute it. The US was interesting in this regard.

On the other hand, the dialogue with the artistic group and curator of the exhibition was important for me. It was my first exhibition with Thea Gvetadze and I am proud of it. I had an experience of working with other artists before and it was interesting to work with them again.

M. L. – Did you bring new ideas and materials from New York?

G. S. – Yes, of course! It would be thoughtless to travel so far in vain. I think the materials and shots I brought from New York will transform into works. However, at this stage, I don’t know where and how I will exhibit them.

Mariam Loria

March, 2016

Project ArtBeat at ArtInternational 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey


Mariam Loria- You have taken part in the second art fair in Istanbul (first being CI). How is ArtInternational distinguished?

Natia Bukia- Number of well-established galleries participates in this very international art fair (AI). CI mostly focuses on local collectors whereas the main purpose of ArtInternational is to invite international collectors to Istanbul.

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M.L.- What was the feedback about Georgian artists’ works? Were collectors interested?

N.B.- We received a lot of compliments and couldn’t hide our joy. In half an hour after opening the art fair, famous Turkish collector Huma Kabakci bought three artworks by Maya Sumbadze (These artworks will be exhibited at Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2016). The full series of Gio Sumbadze’s photographs were bought by a very good Parisian collector whose name we will keep in secret.

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M.L.- How successful was the art fair and are you going to participate in such art events?

N.B.- It was a very successful fair for our gallery, not only in terms of sales. The fact that people know our gallery makes us happy. When new acquaintances introduce our gallery to their friends with the words that they like what we do, somehow, you realize that you are on the right way. We are definitely going to take part in ArtInternational next year. Also, we have planned to take part in Contemporary Istanbul in November. Maka Batiashvili, Irakli Bugiani and David Meskhi will be presented at the Project ArtBeat booth there.

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M.L.- Why is this space the subject of your interest?

N.B.- Istanbul art scene is developing very fast. Istanbul Biennial of this year was of the highest quality. Also, there are very good contemporary art galleries, for example, Rampa Gallery which I have discovered this year and I am really fascinated by it. Besides the fact that the base of local collectors is increasing, Istanbul becomes attractive for international collectors as well. Our gallery was received very well by Istanbul. They like our artists’ works and what we do in general. We already have permanent buyers who are waiting for our arrival there. From this point of view, this country became very important to us.

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Photos by Natia Bukia and Levan Mindiashvili

Mariam Loria

September, 2015