|Alex Fisher is a writer and curator from Buffalo, New York based in Kyiv, where he is researching Ukrainian contemporary art as a Fulbright scholar. He has led and supported initiatives for the Estate of Ana Mendieta via Galerie Lelong & Co., the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Yoko Ono’s Studio One, and Wanås Konst, amongst others. He contributes to the likes of Kajet, This is Badland, GUEST R00MS, VONO, and C-print. @walexfisher
Irena Popiashvili, Dean, The Free University, Tbilisi. Since returning to her native Georgia in 2012 after many years abroad, Irena Popiashvili has become a primary connector between the Georgian art scene and the rest of the art world. She is also an instigator and educator within her home country, where she orchestrates exhibitions, is a Dean and founder of Visual Arts, Architecture & Design School, VA[A}DS, at the Free University of Tbilisi and has established the itinerant Kunsthalle Tbilisi, an institution that exhibits radical artworks, supports Georgia-based artists, and takes advantage of the city’s many interstitial spaces. Previously she co-owned Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York (2005-2012) and served as a director of the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi in 2012. Ms. Popiashvili has curated exhibitions in the US and Europe (i.e. Georgian Pavilion in Venice Biennale in 1999 and 2003). She received a BA from Tbilisi State University and University of Lodz, Poland and MA in art history from University of Georgia in Athens, GA (USA). @irenapopia
Vladimir Miladinović is an artist living and working in Belgrade, Serbia. The laureate of the 53rd October Salon Award, he works extensively with politics of memory and has exhibited widely across Europe and the United States. He is represented by Eugster | | Belgrade, where his latest body of work, The Notebook (2020), is currently the subject of a solo exhibition of the same name, running through 29 July 2020.
Nino Kvrivishvili is a young Georgian artist living and working in Tbilisi, Georgia.She studied Textile Design at the Tbilisi State Academy of Art ( 2001-20017) and has exhibited extensively in Georgia and abroad. Nino Kvrivishvili makes handwoven wool tapestries that resemble large-scale paintings. Before the advent of textile industry rugs have been woven in almost all regions of Georgia. The story behind the wool, the material, she used to make the piece is a testament to the real life story: the artist bought a piece of an old rug from a Tushetian shepherd who was selling it to buy Nabadi (kind of felt winter coat shepherds wear in the mountains). In return, Nino Kvrivishvili bought the wool from the shepherd and weaved the story with abstract elements in her carpet. The hand woven tapestry with black carpet abstract details as well as artists’ name and date of its completion tell the history of its creation. @ninokvrivishvili