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Wato Tsereteli

F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign Zürich’s workspace, with contributions by U.S.E., RELAX, Rene Fahmi, Chantal Romani, Miro Schawalder, Studio Action, and Judith Weidmann, at the 1st Tbilisi Triennial, Center of Contemporary Art—Tbilisi, Georgia, 2012. Photo: Lexo Soselia.

IN 2008, the artist Jean Dupuy visited Tbilisi and gave me a drawing as a gift. It is sketched on A5 paper and depicts a pencil with an eraser. On the pencil is written: THINK & SUGGEST. This sentence, like a blessing, has been a constant reminder of my approach to art.

Georgia is made of an old substance, one that is still suffering from a Soviet hangover—the atrophy of individual potentialities. Neglecting the populace’s range of unique energies for so long resulted in a deep trauma—three generations were forbidden to act beyond the regime. And though the country may have achieved its first democratic transfer of power, in October 2012, this does not mean its citizens now feel responsible for the operation of their nation.

Art can play a key role in suggesting the future for a culture that is just awakening to its imaginative opportunities. It at least creates something

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