Zeda Tsinsvla. Tea Gvetadze
12.05.16 - 12.07.16
Zeda Tsinsvla is my first work since my serious injury eighteen month ago. This work will be presented at Atelier, the new space of Gallery Nektar. Since my Childhood I have been fond of visiting the cemeteries of my ancestors, especially in Achara.
It seems like the mysterious nature with it's moist and thick air that resembles the jungle, widens up a vision and provides deeper insight about the human beings buried there that I have only heard myths about.
Despite the fact that I usually go to the cemetery by car, I have never stopped noticing the bus stop that's directly located in front of the entrance of the cemetery. Modestly structured, the bus stop also offers shelter from bad weather. The surface of this cozy refuge, except for its roof, is decorated with mosaic figures from the 1960s-‐1970s, featuring a scene of bounteous harvest and images of resolute young people with the blue sky in the backdrop. Unfortunately, the author of this skilfully assembled panel is unknown, though I would love to ask him what inspired him to install this work brimming with fruit and life at a cemetery bus stop, as if death and all the pain related to it is denied.
With its dimensions, unexpected location, and surprising view, the Atelier reminds me of that bus stop in the suburbs of Batumi. This extraordinary space moved me to start working on an idea I had for a long time and it has become what it is today.
Since the 1990s Thea studied and worked in Dusseldorf and Berlin. She moved to Georgia in 2013. Currently she lives and works in Tbilisi.