Galerie Lichtblick proudly presents
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Meeting 2019
May 3 - 12
For the 8th year Galerie Lichtblick/ Tina Schelhorn and KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO/ Beso Khaindrava are organizing the main festival program with exhibitions of Georgian and International photographers and a series of workshops with well known photographers from all over the world.
Sanne De Wilde / NOOR The Island of the Colorblind
curated and organized by Tina Schelhorn
5.May - 19.00
Tbilisi History Museum, Karvasla
Tales of Islands
Kate Mellor • Osamu James Nakagawa • Marc Raeder • Sanne De Wilde / NOOR
Sanne De Wilde, Antwerp
The Island of the Colorblind
In the late 18th century a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean. One of the survivors, the king, carried the rare achromatopsia-gen that causes complete colorblindness. The king went on to have many children and as time passed by, the hereditary condition affected the isolated community and the islanders started seeing the world in black and white.
Osamu James Nakagawa, Bloomington, USA
Banta Cliffs, 2006-2008
The hyperreal quality of Nakagawa’s photographs of the towering cliffs of Okinawa stems from the artist’s use of digital technology – he stitched together multiple exposures to create images in which every plane is in razor-sharp focus – as well as tight cropping and dizzying perspectives. He was drawn to the cliffs, because of their severe beauty and emotionally complex history. When American forces invaded Okinawa in spring 1945, thousands of Okinawans threw themselves off the steep cliffs.
Kate Mellor, UK
Island: The Sea Front
This series contains 48 photographs made round the coast of England 50km apart using the grid reference system.
The photographs were made 1989-1994, at the time the Channel Tunnel was constructed, using a Widelux panoramic camera always looking towards the horizon, a central visual theme connecting the images. The horizon line represents a border – one you can see but which does not exist. Move towards the line and it draws away from you.
Marc Räder, Berlin
Mallorca - Island in Progress
Marc Räder has landed on a Spanish island known primarily as a Mediterranean holiday hot spot. Over the course of four years, he watched the drastic changes of landscape and architecture, and the annual flow of some ten million tourists over the island. Like an archaeologist, he digs with his camera through the different decades of a paradise being changed by the parameters of global capitalism.
Tales of Venice
Graziano Arici, Arles, France
The exhibition ‘Tales of Venice’ is dedicated to Arici’s native city, giving a glimpse into the world of glamour and stars, art and culture in this beautiful city, as well as day-to-day life and the problems of safeguarding the urban heritage and the environmental deterioration.
After qualifying as a sociologist Arici became fascinated by photography, and for several decades documented all the most important artistic and cultural events in Venice, including of course the Biennales of Art and Architecture. Over a period of many years Arici’s work consisted of an entire portrait gallery featuring the most celebrated artists and architects who came to Venice.
Salvadore Dali, 1948
Equally important in Graziano Arici’s life is his unique photo archive. Currently the archive contains approx. 850,000 photographs, not only thousands and thousands of his picures, but also by many acquired archives since '40's to '70's and other important historical acquisitions.
In 2017 Graziano Arici donated his Archive to the Querini Stampalia Foundation, for scientific and cultural use of the photographs, still managed by him. On 2 June 2018 the President of the Italian Republic appointed Graziano Arici, Knight of the Order of the Republic for Cultural Merits.
Kolga Award 2019 Exhibition
Opening event of Kolga festival and Award Ceremony
Exhibition of winners and shortlisted photographers
Gala Evening and Exhibition designed and organized by Beso Khaindrava
18:00, the exhibition of the nominees of Documentary, Reportage and Conceptual photo categories will be held on Baratashvili Bridge.
20:00, the exhibition of nominees in One Shot and Best Portrait categories as well as the award ceremony of the winners in different nominations
at: Former cable car station, 52 Ave. Rustaveli
The Musical Hosts: The BearFox
The whole program of KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2019 with more
exhibitions and events you can find under: www.kolga.ge
Kolga Award 2018 Exhibition
Marc Räder - Abstraction in Landscape & Architecture Photography
Kate Mellor - Extending the form: Diptychs, Triptychs and Multi-Image Photography
at: Creative Education Studio Hotel Fabrika, 8 St. E. Ninoshvili
Wolfgang Zurborn - The Art of Making Photo Books
at: Karvasla, Georgian National Museum, Sioni Street 8
Detailed information under: www.lichtblick-school.com
Wolfgang Zurborn, Karma Driver