Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
The art of Tamara Kvesitadze (*1968), one of Georgia’s most significant artists, who represented her country at the 2011 Venice Biennale, is rooted as much in ancient culture and mythology as it is in surrealism. In her work violence and sexuality converge; faces, masks and fragmented bodies symbolize the inner turmoil of the modern individual, its feelings, its pursuit of happiness and fulfilment, its fears and hopes.
She questions human individuality and the individual’s relation with its fellow human beings. This is particularly true in her current series of sculptures and watercolours, which explore the quest for unity, as well as the experience of conflict and difference- one should not, however, overestimate the references to her home country’s recent history, even though it does inform the subject matter of her work.