For the 8th edition of Paris Internationale Artbeat presents Nika Kutateladze’s solo show.
n the first picture, parents look at hungry children
In the second picture, the father goes hunting
In the third picture, the father comes back empty-handed
In the fourth picture, the mother brings food
Nika Kutateladze’s multilayered painting series “Hunger” conveys the local population’s hard social life and poverty through symbolic language. In the image can be seen fragmented narratives, mythic aspects, motives characteristic to Georgian tales, and dramatic, active style, which almost breaks down to spontaneously revealed painting.
In kutateladze’s art, painting as a medium is defined as means to analyze solidarity, empathy, problems, and being. Besides that, we clearly feel those reversive impulses, which function as the main feature to deconstruct an image. The artist uses narration characteristics in Georgian fairy tales and translates them into the current context. Each of his depicted objects seems to be freezed in time, painfully and dramatic. In order to achieve this timelessness effect artist often refers to compositional schemes of Georgian medieval iconography and mythological structural narrative. He puts forward issues like economic poverty and emigration. The storyline about mother going to hunt can be understood as mothers leaving their land and settling in foreign places in order to feed their children. In general artist uses different methods and references to express far broader problems, which have been permanent for the last decades in Georgia.
Nika Kutateladze was born in 1989, in Tbilisi. He studied on the faculty of Architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts between 2007 – 2011. In 2013 he graduated an informal master’s course at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Tbilisi (CCA-T). The majority of the artworks comprise installations and sculptures, reflecting day-to-day consumerism and different environmental issues. His later artistic utterances challenge the transformative process of architectural spaces and urban environment, in general.
Selected solo and group exhibitions:
2019 - ‘Metamorphosis’, Art in Europe Now - The Fondation Cartier, Paris, France; 2018 - ‘To Protect My House While I’mAway’, Tbilisi Architectural Biennial, Tbilisi, Georgia; ‘Watermill on Former Pavlov Street’, Kunsthalle Tbilisi, Georgia; 2017 - ‘Minibus and Playground in My Old Apartment’ at Mitskevich Street 20, Tbilisi, Georgia; ‘Double Standards’, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan; 2016 - ‘Wall, Coarse calico, Parquet’, Tbilisi, Georgia; 2015 - ‘AD HOC’, LA STATION, Niece, France; 2014 - FEST I NOVA 2014 - ‘OPUS MIXTUM’, Art villa Garikula, Georgia; 2013 - ‘Am I You’ - Gallery Container, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Oil on Grounded Wood, 86x61 cm