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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos by Natia Bukia and Levan Mindiashvili