new-york

Guram Tsibakh

Joyce Goldstein Gallery

After falling down the rabbit-hole at the beginning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the heroine’s initial, bemused comment is “Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual.” Georgian artist Guram Tsibakh (Tsibakhashvili) twice quoted these words in his series of black and white photographs titled after Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. The first time they accompanied a work that juxtaposes a close-up shot of a dilapidated wall, half in shadow with a patch of fresh paint in the middle and a portrait of a fellow Georgian artist Gia Edzgveradze posed against a wall, on which a red blot appears (it’s drawn on the print with a marker). Alice’s quote also complemented a pair of photographs: one of a woman sitting on a hospital bed with an open book on her lap, holding two eggs in her hand; the other of the smiling photographer himself, also with two eggs

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