The Georgian student exhibition is based on the historical and mythological roots of contemporary Georgia while simultaneously connecting to the PQ 2019 theme, which is inspired by the highest prize, the Golden Triga. Colchis – the land of the Golden Fleece, destination of the Argonauts, and home to Medea – is the present-day western Georgia, part of which, Abkhazia, is currently occupied by Russia. Emerging designers from Georgia are creating an imaginary new reality on the basis of historical and personal memory. A mixed, multilayered system unifying the past and the future, the natural and the artificial, the local and the global is connecting epochs, uniting people, and creating a common place between reality and virtuality.

In the process of seeking the forms fitting the epoch, the idea of time collection and space unification, as a way of modeling a new reality, is essential for the young generation. Reflecting the situation, under the influence of technological expansion they are using ways and methods which are fundamentally changing the usual space-time continuum, creating a new aesthetical narrative – an absolutely new interrelation of text, object, image, background, performer, recipient… Combining a desired background with a live foreground action, a merging imaginary environment, lost landscapes, a sequence of photos, and videos, an ancient text (Medea) and recipients, artists are forcing a specific space to perceive more than it can. Presented as a dynamic system that can transform and distort, it begins to spread, expand and join in the game of imagination, time, and boundaries.

Refugees and visitors as the main characters of this real/virtual theatre. Opportunity of choice – to be a protagonist of the play or not, to observe or to cooperate.

Different languages, different people in “an indefinable distance and immeasurable time”, and the students as guides on a journey to memory and imagination.

All processes are shared on an interactive social media platform – Medea/Media, created for this exhibition and managed by the students not only during PQ, but also before and after.

Country/Region Georgia

Presenting Organization Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili Design School

Curator Ketevan (Keti) Shavgulidze

Artists Sofia Sharia, Nina Jandieri, Mariam Khachapuridze, Tiko Megrelishvili, Mari Nakani, Giorgi Orakhelashvili, Ilia Sajaia, Nanka Esiava

Team Project Manager: Vata Mataradze, Project Coordinator: Shota Bagalishvili

photo Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili Design School