Georgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale
Artists: Rusudan Khizanishvili, Irakli Bluishvili, Dimitri Chikvaidze, Joseph Sabia, Ia Liparteliani, Nia Mgaloblishvili, Sophio Shevardnadze
Curator: Nia Mgaloblishvili
Commissioner: Ana Riaboshenko
Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale—Sale d’Armi
In the two years since the art world last congregated in Venice, national borders, and particularly those in Europe’s eastern reaches, have returned to the forefront of political—and in some cases, artistic—discussion. Seven artists have taken up the topic for Georgia’s Biennale pavilion, “Crawling Border.” The exhibition intends to zoom in on the shifts most often addressed by talking heads and through platitudes about the return of the Cold War. Through presentations both implicit and explicit it takes a look at the effects of geopolitical maneuvering on individual humans in fear of or in the process of having their identities rewritten by national ambitions.