Tato Akhalkatsishvili at Erti Gallery / Tbilisi

Tato Akhalkatsishvili / The Velvet Sun 
curated by Domenico De Chirico 

February 15 – 5 May 2019
Project Partner: SOLO

9April str #5 
0105 Tbilisi, Georgia

Tato Akhalkatsishvili’s incessant research through his work is perpetually and deeply
imbued with dreams whose aura influences over the present, in which the earth and its
events transcend the limits of reality Ьу placing themselves in inscrutaЫe temporal
systems. Akhalkatsishvili’s work is mainly artistic, but his experimentation also embraces
other layers as well; the exhibition ” Ve I v е t S u n ” а I s о с о n t а i n s -11 – m i n u t е v i d е о а п d t w о s i t е -s ре с i f i с i n s t а 11 а t i о n s
The thread that joins all his works, and regardless of the expressive layer used Ьу the
artist, remains constant and every re-research through а visual trip reaches something
never fully attainaЫe, but revealing itself in its unattainability. Akhalkatsishvili aims to find
that non-spatial point or that non-temporal moment, in which past and present meet each
other and in which the psychological connections, together with our subconscious memory,
are connected to the actions performed in the present or actions fulfilled everyday at the
moment of choosing, having their roots in complicated hereditary things. Surely, such
research is viscerally linked to the sociological and political dynamics that аге significant to
the most recent history of Georgia and the post-Soviet countries and particularly, the
relationship between these nations with ambiguous present and almost intangiЫe future.
His attention focuses оп the way of life of the nations involved and оп the most extreme
political dynamics in terms of regime.
The title of the exhibition refers to different historical moments, but not so completely, as
these moments are connected because of various reasons and changes, as times are
united and the worlds of generations meet each other. Promising force of the Sun,
brilliance of which is nevertheless given Ьу the reflections of its deep fabric, has turned
into trouЫesome and often difficult realities, always directed towards the growing world, in
which past experiences сап rely оп the most prescient visions.

Thus, such а diverse interest finds its way within the landscapes of altered outlines,
through ап imaginative level, in which one сап glimpse figurative elements of real events
and above all, опе feels the emotional strength relative to what опе is looking at.
That expressive feature that characterizes the art works of Tato Akhalkatsishvili takes
completely symbiotic connection with his researches, as if the lines and colors are
speaking а language made of personal memories, which is universal at the same time.
Those bright and almost overwhelming colors that sometimes seem to tremЫe have
something in common with the fire, whether they аге colors corresponding to this element
or other shades of colour and thereby, they imitate the movement of some kind of dance,
which now exists and then vanishes away, being different all the time. These forms seem
to point оп а movement that does not exist, but to which they fiercely yearn, over such
desire for а movement, in which the images of yesterday and today are enveloped
together and in which the consciousness takes shape in its wonderful and complicated

– Domenico de Chirico