არაფერი | araperi – prototype of a … issue
Edited in Tbilisi, Georgia, April 10-24, 2014
By Katharina Stadler in collaboration with Martin Demant Frederiksen and Andréas Baader.
Launched during the KOKOMO exhibition opening at Gallery Nectar on April 24, 2014
This publication accompanies the exhibition KOKOMO, which shows works exploring different notions of nothingness in contemporary Georgia at Gallery Nectar in Tbilisi from April 24 to May 10, 2014. Kokomo, an island off the Florida Keys from the corresponding song by The Beach Boys, is, despite its namesakes elsewhere in the States, an imaginary place. A utopian nowhere which can be said to center around the wish of escaping lived non-existence…
The Georgian nothing, არაფერი – literally no color –, pivots around a lack of visual stimulation, through light. As either being all light, all reflecting – as in white – or none at all, all absorbing – as in black – the impact on the visual perception is of nothing in itself, but, put in relation with everything, ყველაფერი – literally all color(s) –, it meanders, borrowing from Alenka Zupančič, ‘… to nothingness as minimal difference.’
This minimal difference constitutes the works shown in the exhibition, and has led to inviting further contributions as to expand the reflection on nothing and nothingness taking it also outside the Georgian context.
Farzad Azimbeik, Andréas Baader, Bianca Bellová / Übersetzung: Veronika Siska, Levan Beriashvili, Martin Demant Frederiksen, Dmytro Goncharenko, Agon Hamza, Sohrab Kashani, Hans-Joachim Kiderlen, Salome Latsabidze, Nino Lomadze, Maja Malinovska, Paul Manning, Marita Rurua, R.S., Katharina Stadler, Shingo Yoshida
We would like to thank all contributors for their time, ideas and effort; Gallery Nectar – and especially Nino Sekhniashvili – for the wonderful collaboration and support; CCA-Tbilisi for lending all video equipment and the European Cultural Foundation which made Andréas Baader’s stay in Tbilisi possible through a Step Beyond Travel Grant.
This publication was made possible through a project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.
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