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1000 WORDS: SERGEI TCHEREPNIN AND GELA PATASHURI

Gela Patashuri and Sergei Tcherepnin with Tobias Madison and Emanuel Rossetti, TCCA Organ, 2012–, mixed media. Installation view, Tbilisi Center for Contemporary Art, Shindisi, Georgia, 2012.

IN THE 1910S AND ’20S, Georgia was a nexus of cultural exchange, where diverse strains of modernism intermingled and produced singular forms—an efflorescence checked by the enforced hegemony of socialist realism. But in recent years, exchange has flourished again, as artists from beyond Georgia have regained access to the country, sometimes staying just long enough to produce a single piece—such as an outdoor organ that was built, played, and destroyed within the same day at the roving Tbilisi Center for Contemporary Art. For this issue’s special focus on the region, two artists affiliated with the TCCA, Sergei Tcherepnin and Gela Patashuri (based in New York and Tbilisi, respectively), discuss a related project—the Bakhneli Archive, a collaborative sound work based on the poetry of Patashuri’s father that, with Ei Arakawa, they will present at the Georgian pavilion

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