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Sophia Cherkezishvili : And then she said maybe

8 June 10:00 - 14 July 18:00


The Dimitri Sheverdnadze National Gallery of Georgia hosts the exhibition of the artist Sophia Cherkezishvili – “And then she said maybe”

I dedicate this story to trees I imagine can fly,

To bridges and labyrinths, I shall construct with certainty,

Fairy tales, I’m sure to believe in,

and to the bells, I’ll probably hear.

This is how the artist explains the main idea and building principle of the exhibition. In addition to 28 paintings, the exhibition includes an installation – “Trees always stand by you”.

Sophia Cherkezishvili was born in 1971. In 1990, she graduated from Nikoladze Art College, Tbilisi Art School named after Jacob Nikoladze, and in 1994 – Tbilisi State Academy of Art.

Sophia Cherkezishvili was on of the first in a group of artists to study in the West after the collapse of the Soviet Union. From 1994 to 1998, she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Holland. Afterward, she returned to Georgia and began working actively in the field of art. She taught at the Jacob Nikoladze Art School from 1999 to 2006 and at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts from 2010 to 2018. Since 2006, she has been a professor of audio-visual and media arts, Audio-visual and Media Art department at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Sophia Cherkezishvili has been actively participating in various international and local exhibitions and projects since 2000. Most of her work consists of her own projects with a distinctive and recognizable style. Her most famous projects include: “Why Does the Grass Grow on My Head?”; “One Minute Is Quite Enough to See All Life”; “On the Mind of Caucasus Mountains”; and “If Needed, Ships Also Stop.” In this series, the artist explores her fictional, other self, creating aesthetic forms and messages. Through her picture-ikons, we can hear the voices of women.

Sophia Cherkezishvili sees the artist’s free will as a metaphysical spiritual phenomenon. She revisits something already perceived or experienced to focus attention on it and make it an object of reflection.

The exhibition will be available for viewing from June 8 to July 14.

The official opening ceremony will be held on June 15 at 18:00.


8 June 10:00
14 July 18:00
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Georgian National Gallery


Dimitri Shevardnadze Georgian National Gallery
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Tbilisi, Georgia 0108
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