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apexart :: Illegal Kosmonavtika :: Magda Guruli and Mariam Natroshvili
apexart - Tbilisi, Georgia
Illegal Kosmonavtika
organized by Magda Guruli
and Mariam Natroshvili

June 24 - July 22, 2017

The Institute of Space Structures
Saguramo, Georgia (outside of Tbilisi)
11 am - 6 pm daily

Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 24, 6-8 pm

Featuring work by:
Zura Jishkariani
Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze
Iliko Zautashvili
Mamuka Japharidze
Group Bouillon
Giorgi Maghradze
Ana and Tamar Chaduneli

An Open Call exhibition.

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brochure pdf
book pdf
press release in English pdf
press release in Georgian pdf
images page
original proposal pdf
Georgia Today review
Agenda listing pdf
INDIGO review pdf
CStudio, Cannel I TV interview

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 5 pm
Everything you need to know about Guerilla Gardening
This three-part workshop covers the importance of Guerilla Gardening in urban spaces, how to make seed-bombs, and a hands-on gardening project.

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 5 pm
Lectures on the Self and Society
Tamar Tsopurashvili presents "The Society as a System" and Gocha Goshadze presents "Personality and emergency situations."

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 5 pm
The first Georgian space object - Reflector
Elguja Medzmariashvili discusses Soviet space technology, the modern means of deep space communication, and the history of construction of the first Georgian space object named Reflector.
Illegal Kosmonavtika (Russian for Cosmonautics) is a quiet protest being made by young artists living and working in Georgia. Their outward target is the various state and corporate entities who currently own the exclusive rights to space research. Illegal Kosmonavtika re-appropriates discarded imagery of the Soviet cosmos with its socially relevant ideals of human purpose in order to pose a very legitimate modern question: what kinds of 'skills' should be cultivated in order to survive if the current systems should collapse? The exhibition, held in a decommissioned building of the Institute of Space Structures, features site-specific works, along with the documentation and outcomes of the workshops held in Tbilisi Geophysical Observatory. In a thematic gesture, the participating artists create logos, outfits, and other visual symbols related to Illegal Kosmonavtika

Magda Guruli is a Tbilisi-based curator of contemporary art. Since 2008, she has organized Artisterium, an annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Tbilisi. Other exhibitions Guruli has curated include: Atmosphere 41 Degree, NCCA, Moscow (2006), Atmosphere 41 Degree, City, parallel exhibition of the 10th Istanbul Biennale, (2007), Journey to Tbilisi, Fine Art Museum of Nantes (2008), and Go East! Next Step, Bialystok, Poland (2010). She has participated in a number of conferences, workshops, and symposiums in Turkey, Ireland, South Korea, Poland, Mexico, Sweden, Italy, Greece, and Germany. She is interested in participatory art and transnational processes in post-totalitarian society.

Mariam Natroshvili is a Tbilisi-based artist and curator. Since 2012, Natroshvili has worked in collaboration with artist and architect Detu Jintcharadze. Working mainly in public and abandoned spaces in her artistic and curatorial projects, she brings art to unexpected places, questioning the possibility of a different future. She is interested in post-soviet mythology, disappearing knowledge, invisible people, forgotten places, and the recreation of vanished memories. In 2016, Natroshvili is curating Fest i Nova 2016: Future Memory in Garikula, Central Georgia. She is also a co-founder and editor of the art newspaper Revolver.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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