“Lechaki is Daro Sulakauri’s (born 1985) first solo show at Erti Gallery.
Lechaki is an old Georgian word and it means a silk veil. For centuries it’s been a
symbol of peace and women’s role in family. It symbolizes virtuous and holiness of a woman.
Selected from several projects, the works in the exhibition focus on a wide
variety of women from Georgia. “House Divided” of 2018, portrays people in the
Russian-occupied separatist regions between South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where the
borders between Russia and Georgia are frequently encroaching on Georgian territory , causing the inhabitants to live in constant fear of losing their homeland. “Deprived of
Adolescence,” 2015, testifies to the practice in rural Georgia of marrying off
underage girls , following the footsteps of the family traditions—a practice that continues to this day, despite the fact that it’s illegal. “Double Aliens” from 2013 documents the region of Samtskhe Javakheti in southern Georgia, where Georgians and Armenians exist side by side but lead separate lives. They live in different villages, attend different schools, and speak different languages.
“The Black Gold” story depicting the lives of mineworkers in Chiatura city, struggling to make a living, working in harsh conditions. In their intensity, Daro Sulakauri’s photographs can be compared to the images of well-known art photographers such as Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson, although they came about in an entirely different manner. While the Canadian and American photographers staged their works down to the last detail using cast actors and carefully arranged artificial light, in her photographs, Sulakauri shoots authentic people without spotlights. Paired with a high degree of artistic
confidence, her empathic view derives from an interest in situations that go beyond
mere documentation—as well as the fact that she grew up with artist parents. For
Daro Sulakauri, people and their fates are always more important than the “perfect
In Erti Gallery, the photographs are presented independently of the news reports
they were made for. This allows their unique artistic quality to emerge all the more
clearly, despite or even because of their often dramatic subject matter. Additionally,
in a separate room at the back of the gallery, Daro Sulakauri has initiated a new
project especially for this exhibition. Via Skype, visitors can communicate with
Georgian women living hundreds of kilometers away from Tbilisi in their private