Contemporary Art Club (CAC)
Contemporary Art Club (CAC)

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Organization and management
Founders: Nino Gudijabidze, Alexsandra Gabunia, Ketevan Gujabidze, Maia Tabatadze, Natia Gabichivadze.

Strategies/priorities
Protection of human rights through its maximum application to the sphere of art.
Promotion of the activities of Georgian artists and collaboration with them.
Popularization of Georgian artists abroad and the familiarization of Georgian artists with foreign art.
Popularization of culture within the frames of legislation.
The organizational structure of the club is like that of a working team. There are five founders of the Union CAC (Alexandra Gabunia, Nino Gujabidze, Ketevan Gujabidze, Maia Tabatadze and Natia Gabichvadze). Each artist taking part in the Union projects unite under the conceptual title ”Space Media Artists”. Volunteers cooperate with the union, as well.

Exhibitions, events
2008
“Gender and Harmony” - UNDP Programme. Photo competition and exhibition movie house “Amirani”, Tbilisi Georgia. Taking part: Eter Gzirishvili, Maia Tabatadze, David Marukhiani, Roland Matiashvili, Grigol Makharadze, Tarkhan Gasviani, Misha Kasradze, Ia Melitauri, Erna Dolmazova, Guram Gujabidze, Giorgi Shotadze, Giorgi Khobua, Ketevan Gujabidze & David Shushania, Khatuna Zholidze, Maka Batiashvili , Natia Koiava , Natela Grigalashvili, Irina Abzhandadze, Irina Kurmaeva , Liza Osephaishvili, Tamar Melikishvili, Levan Kakabadze, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Ekaterina Shapatava, Rosa Tsindeliani. “Decade of Light - Georgia for Georgia" - 10th Annual Library Show. In Celebration of International Women's Month. Irina Abzhandaze, Khatuna Zholidze, Ketevan Gujabidze, Liza Osephaishvili, Maka Batiashvili, Natela Grigalashvili, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Irina Kurmaeva. Atlanta Fulton County Library, Atlanta GA 30303. “Sorrowful Tunes of Sunny land”. Photographs from Georgia (Liza Osephaishvili, Tamar Melikishvili, Irina Kurmaeva, Levan Kakabadze, Natela Grigalashvili, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Maka Batiashvili, Irina Abzhandadze). Composition Gallery. 1388 McLendon Avenue NE. Atlanta, Georgia 30307. www.compositiongallery.com “Sorrowful Tunes of Sunny land”. The four-part documentary film 'Sorrowful Tunes of Sunny Land' surveys four regions of Georgia. Four female authors (Natela Grigalashvili, Maka Batiashvili, Irina Abzhandadze, Tamar Melikishvili) put local inhabitants to an artistic test on gender sensitivity. 2007
"Let’s Strengthen Justice in Georgia Together". UNDP Programme – Project “Support to Accessibility and Transparency of Justice System Using Contemporary Placards”. Merab Berdzenishvili International Cultural Center “Muza”. TMS Gallery.
2006
Digital Story. (Open Society Institute – Budapest/Art & Culture Network Program). Artists/David Aleksidze, Natela Grigalashvili, Oleg Timchenko, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Niko Tsetskhladze, Irina Abzhandadze, Zurab Natsvlishvili, Thea Telia, Gela Kintsurashvili, Tamar Melikishvili, Murtaz Shvelidze, Maka Batiashvili, Kakha Burduli, Irina Kurmaeva, Guram Tsibakhashvili. KARSI GALLERY. Istanbul Turkey
Digital Story. Open Society Institute – Budapest/Art & Culture Network Program. Artists/David Aleksidze, Natela Grigalashvili, Oleg Timchenko, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Niko Tsetskhladze, Irina Abzhandadze, Zurab Natsvlishvili, Thea Telia, Gela Kintsurashvili, Tamar Melikishvili, Murtaz Shvelidze, Maka Batiashvili, Kakha Burduli, Irina Kurmaeva, Guram Tsibakhashvili. Sound/ Nika Machaidze. Digital animation / Giorgi Shotadze. (Poster, digital animation, original sound). ACADEMIA GALLERY /Tbilisi State Academy of Arts
Irina Abzhandadze. “Tests for the Feature Film – Uninvited Story”. DV, 12 min. (UNDP Programme - Gender and Politics in the South Caucasus). Five years ago, the artist read 13th century Japanese female writer Nojio’s «Uninvited Story». It is not a diary in today's use of the term. Though the narrative is chronological, it is evident that the work is composed at the end of the author’s life as a recollection of experience. She decided to make photo and video illustrations under the name «Tests for the Feature Film – Uninvited Story». In this video, Nijio is a modern-day woman of European appearance. Ultimately, it is Nijio's transformed portrait that is revealed in each woman and the tests for the feature film may have been shot in referance to any woman’s life. If we dispell the stereostype of "the female", we inherit a woman’s world, replete with its diversity and perfection.
“One minute is quite enough to see all life”. UNDP Programme - Gender and Politics in the South Caucasus. Maka Batiashvili, Thea Telia, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Irina Abzhandadze (Photo, video, painting). Gallery TMS.
“Georgia to Georgia”. This photography exhibit, held in Atlanta, was sponsored by Showcase, Thompson's Frame & Gallery and Blick Art Materials. A parallel exhibit was held in Tbilisi at CAC and N Gallery. (Georgia to Georgia was a landmark exchange program of photographic exchange between female artists in Atlanta, Georgia and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. By combining their work with photographs from the Republic of Georgia’s Contemporary Art Club, the Atlanta members of the group Women in Focus (www.womeninfocus.us) presented an experimental exhibition that illustrated the similarities and differences of two worlds that share the same name: Georgia. The exhibition simultaneously opened at The Brezler Gallery in Roswell (http://www.thebrezler.com), Georgia, and the N Gallery
“GA to GA”. Spruill Gallery www.spruillarts.org/gallery.htm “Images from Georgia” presented work by women photographers from the Republic of Georgia. This exhibition was the result of a landmark exchange of works between Atlanta’s Women in Focus (www.womeninfocus.us). Artist-initiated organization of Atlanta women photographers, and Georgia’s Union Contemporary Art Club. Natela Grigalashvili, Irina Abzhandadze, Irina Kurmaeva, Liza Osephaishvili, Sophia Cherkezishvili.
Composition Gallery. Duplicates of the photographs from 'Georgia to Georgia', selected by Levette Bagwell from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. N Gallery. Tbilisi, Georgia. http://www.compositiongallery.com/current.htm. Corinne Adams; Susan S. Barmon; Jena Blackshear; Marcia Blake; Jane Conboy; Bobi Dimond; Jeani Elbaum Gretchen Fultz; Ruth Gogel; Joanne Green; Laura Griffin; Christina Helms; Jan Kapoor; Dana S Kemp; Judy Kuniansky; Jenny Levine; Ellen McRaney; Cindy Sheffield Michaels; Maria Mixson; Kathy Norton; Gittel Price; Lesley Price; Linda Rathke; Cindy Shewbert; Teresa M. Sims; Virginia Twinam Smith; Shylah Smithey; Roberta Williamson (www.womeninfocus.us ). Composition Gallery is also featuring Georgian photographer Natela Grigalashvili.
2005
Erna Dolmazova. «Transformation forms». 2005. 80X60 cm. (Mama Cash for Women). The picture-object series «Transformation forms» shows the development of logical links between the objects composing the work, supplied from the older generations starting with the artist's grandmother and ending with artist herself. Destroying common links, she created new ones. This is logic: logic of fantasy and dreams, composed by random jugglery of objects (Grandma’s swimsuit, old buttons and old linen) and images. As a result, her genealogy is brought to the forefront – inheritance in the aggregate with chaos and entropy. Stopping intentionally at outward features, she avoids the opening of brackets.
Feminine Fantasies (Mama Cash for Women | the Netherlands). Sophia Cherkezishvili, Thea Telia, Irina Abzhandadze, Irina Kurmaeva, Maka Batiashvili, Erna Dolmazova. (Video, photo, photo-video Installation, object, text). N Gallery. 17a Shavteli St., 0105, Tbilisi, Georgia
Sophia Cherkezishvili. “One minute without the crime”. DV, 02 min. 31 sec.
(Mama Cash for Women). The video is created using documentary material shot in a female colony. The mix of video-art aesthetics and the reportage genre is compounded with private true histories of women prisoners and the artist's narrative thoughts. The ticking of the clock accentuates the eternal flow of time while the women prisoners get a one-minute chance to live in an artistic space without guilt. The artist ends with the final categorical statement: ‘All these women have committed a crime, but not one of them is guilty’. The feminist energy is a force that expresses transformation and cultural resistance.
Thea Tealia. “He likes”. DV, 02 min. 22 sec (Mama Cash for Women). A woman's coquetry is shot and exaggerated with colorful foreshortening. The ironical final shot has a woman turn into a trinket on a man’s belt. The analysis of the cult of the perfect female body shows ideological provocation taking place, ending in a comprehension supplied by video imagery. These are the visual assumptions of a search for identity.
Maka Batiashvili. «Three minutes through the veil» 2005. DV, 03 min. (Mama Cash for Women). Female reality seen through the yashmak for three minutes, where routine is feminine fantasy and multiplied with dreams to express life. She watches TV, moves in the street, looks through shop windows, smells flowers or peeps at other women. Sensual music and natural sounds makes spectators feel as though they've moved into a virtual realm.
Maka Batiashvili. «New collection». DV, 01 min. 17 sec. (Mama Cash for Women). Performance of a prostitute and a homeless man lying on parapet at a BATA shop in the town center. It is an ironical sketch of a woman artist.
Sophia Cherkezishvili. «The most beautiful dress». 2005. DV, 01 min. 17 sec. (Mama Cash for Women). This video art is about a woman telling the story of her dress while she hangs between the earth and sky. She is wearing a white dress that symbolizes the shield protecting her body from this hostile environment. The white dress is a story that everyone shares. This white dress was passed down from her grandmother.
2004
Kote Sulaberidze (USAID.IRIS). Revolution. The aesthetic transformation of a two-meter wooden construction into bronze through the use of golden colors is Kote Sulaberidze's intentional attempt of monument imitation. On the threshold of future, he erects a monument - a conceptual monument to the past. The artist, intensively involved in revolutionary processes, creates a memorial that stands with a historic orbit, inner rhythmics and motion; it reveals the movement from naturalism to symbolism, from romanticism to mysticism and vice versa. The artistic barricades are not built in one day: the fixation on artistic painting reflex, graphic sketches and even snapshots may not create entire dynamics of processes. "The Revolution" was created through revolutionary impressions of former periods, requiring time and distance. This time, the artistic system stands on the firm ground of the laws of life, the inner circulation of which develops through fundamental inertia. Common national features - made mostly of recent history - are revealed intensively. The author offers the symbolisms of the past decade. He is interested in the deep roots of national emblems, investigating symbols and their colorful conception and defining the subject of present-day revolution. The artist presents a palate that is associated with the memory of the old Georgian flag. Through a spectator's outlook, images are identified with fascinating symbolic incarnations of revolution: an interpretation of a rose bears specific ambiguity while including two features - illustration and reality. The stylized ornamental vine lace with five-cross flag symbols implies the idea of identification with future and rests in the infinite space of a white exhibition wall. Despite a great number of preliminary sketches and calculations, the object is not directed to external effect. On the one hand, there is heterogeneous combination of textures - wood, velvet, porcelain; whereas on the other hand there is an active, one might say " baroque", colorfulness - crimson and golden plastic expression leads to neutralization and is concentrated on inside dynamics and consciousness. The artist takes the past into his own hands. He draws conclusions not because of a decade's worth of changes, but because Georgia now enters a different social-political epoch that creates fundamentally different dimensions for artistic activity - Alexandra Gabunia. Artists without Frontiers VIA VIDEO (OSGF). Qiz Qalazi, “Art-Gallery”, 6N, Gulle str., Baku, Azerbaijan www.qgallery.net/47.html Artists without Frontiers VIA VIDEO (OSGF). OLD GALLERY, Tbilisi Georgia. Box of Public Information (USAID, IRIS). David Alexidze, Zurab Natsvlishvili, Ira Kurmaeva, Sofia Cherkezishvili, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Kote Sulaberidze. Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Dysfunctional Country. Natela Grigalashvili (USAID, IRIS). Art Gallery “KOPALA”. Gela Kintsurashvili IN/OUT. Tamar Melikishvili “Imitating the Crime” - video version of the performance. Cameraman George Beridze. Performance Location: Lisi Lake shoreline, Date: 23:10.2004, Time: 12:00 – 17:25. The performance was held without spectators. A local shepherd witnesses a crime accidentally. Construction was actually before the performance. The final – burring cube – did not exceed environmental standards. Sophia Cherkezishvili “Protect Me”. Cameramen Goglika Khaindrava. Video-art photo images of six old women changing one another (1 min.). Sounds of the waves and mystic calls of seagulls are background noise. In the background, the artist's voice addresses the world: "Protect me". At a single glance, banal text turns into extremely emotional phraseology - the old women's eyes pose a question: "Who will protect me?" This is the protest of an unprotected man. Thea Telia is concerned with the theme of freedom as well. She poses the idea of demanding freedom through a man's attempt to liberate himself from a symbolically closed space. Action – “Human Rights in Telavi Streets”. At 12 o’clock, in the streets of Telavi, the project curators, artists and photographers distribute postcards expressing notions of human rights created by Georgian artists. Oleg Timchenko’s video art (3 min.) – “A human has a right to be free” .Cameraman – Giorgi Liponava. We should seek the truth of freedom in ourselves and share it with the person standing beside us, living in an infinitely beautiful world. Only one truth exists – “A man has the right to be free”. Mamuka Japaridze’s “Bread and Butter” (1.70 min) is a conceptually social piece of video art that uses pure form. It is addressed a priori to the need for bread and butter for all working humans. It ends by manifest statement “Earn one’s bread and butter” (The statement has a different word combination in Georgian and is translated as “I would like to have bread and butter earned by my work”). 2004-2003
Niko Lomashvili “Defundametalisation” (1 min.) (TV Version).
2004-2000
Thea Telia. Red Magic (OSGF). Red is blood, red is the color of alarm and the signal flag for blasting operations. Fish jaw, moon and sun at dawn and dusk are red. Fire is red, earth and day beyond closed eyelids are red, lips are red, a kerchief on the green and gray landscapes of Coro, wounds, poppies, shame and anger are red. Many things are red – plush seats in theaters, dog-rose, the Pope's robes, shawls of toreadors. Yes, red is the color of all colors – for Gantenbein. Max Frisch
Kote Sulaberidze Playing war (1 min.) (TV Version)
2003
Victim (USAID, IRIS). Irina Abzhandadze. OLD GALLERY, Tbilisi Georgia
Guram Tsibakhasvhili (Open Society Institute – Budapest). “You try too!” Construct in color!
Kote Sulaberidze was in the military service in Gudauta at the beginning of the war in Abkhazia and became an eyewitness of Russian troops fighting on the side of Abkhazian separatists. The bitter recollections became the motive of the artist's work: "Abkhazia is ours!" He inscribed the names of fictitious Russian offices in red on the archival photos
2002
Actual Dreams (OSGF). Iliko Zautashvili, Anns riaboshenko, Oleg Timchenko, Ira Kurmaeva, Beso Schonhardt, Liza Osephaishvili-Nemtsova, Base Japarova, Irakli Varvaridze, Yuri Skrinnikov-Dambrowski, Erna Dolmazova, Natia Stavridi, Sofia Cherkezishvili, Nina Keshelava-Berdysheva,Nana Gerasimova, Alex Berdysheff, Regina Ter-Nersesyan, Zurab Natsvlishvili. Tbilisi State History Museum, “Karvasla”. Georgia
Sophia Cherkezishvili “Unfinished Biography”-Video Installation
1999
Action "No 999". At 5.30, the artist together with a director, a cameramen, two curators and several people holding similar views, went to Didube in two cars. Due to rush-hour traffic, the cars did not arrive at their destination (Tsereteli avenue, the first election sign-board) at the same time. Before the artist's arrival, the cameraman got to work and with great enthusiasm started asking passers-by about Koko Varvaridze, a deputy. Among the citizens, there was one who knew him personally. Witnessing this, the artist began to stick the posters on the false-election sign-boards and walls. The posters say: 'Vote for me", Koko Varvaridze No 999.

Printed production
“Let’s Strengthen Justice in Georgia Together” - catalog – 2007 (UNDP).
“We are Different “- booklet - 2006 (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) South Caucasus.
“Digital Story” – catalog – 2006 (Open Society Institute Budapest).
“Calendar–2006” - catalog – 2006 (UNDP)
“Feminine Fantasies” - catalog – 2005 (Mama Cash for Women)
“Via Video” – catalog – 2004 (Open Society Institute Budapest).
Postcards (56 types) (Themes “Human Rights are a part of Georgian culture ) – 2004 (USAID, IRIS)
“Calendar–2005” - catalog – 2004 (USAID, IRIS)
“Dysfunction country” - booklet – 2004 (USAID,IRIS)
“Box of Public Information” – catalog – 2004 (USAID, IRIS)
“Several Lonely Snapshots about Several Lonely Creatures and Things” – booklet - 2003 (USAID, IRIS).
“The Victim” – catalog – 2003 (USAID, IRIS).
“Actual Dream” catalog – 2002 (OSGF).
“Charm” – catalog - 1999 (OSGF).

Artists
David Alexidze, Murtaz Shvelidze, Gia Bugadze, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Irina Abzhandadze, Sophia Cherkezishvili, Irina Kurmaeva, Irakli Varvaridze, Ana Riaboshenko, Alexander Varvaridze, Zurab Natsvlishvili, Erna Dolmazova, Kakha Burduli, Gela Kintsurashvili, Niko Lomashvili, Oleg Timchenko, Kote Sulaberidze, Lia Shvelidze, Mamuka Japaridze, Mamuka Tsetskhladze, Natela Grigalashvili, Yuri Berishvili, Thea Telia, Iliko Zautashvili, Tamar Melikishvili, Niko Tsetskhladze, Anzor Mikadze, Zuleika Bazkhbeuk-Melikova, Temo Japaridze, Koka Ramishvili, Liza Osephaishvili, Alex Berdysheff, Giorgi Shotadze, Mikheil Gogrichiani, Maka Batiashvili, Nino Sekhniashvili, Regina Ter-Nersesiani, Nino Mgaloblishvili, Beso Schonhardt, Gia Javelidze.

Contact
Nino Gudijabidze / +995 77 47 05 40 / nino@actualart.ge
Alexsandra Gabunia / +995 99 27 23 53 / alexandra@actualart.ge
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