Rites of Passage

Oxygen Biennial of Contemporary Arts, 2021
Rites of Passage, #intheether #ეთერში

Curated by Ser Serpas and Ketevan (Keti) Shavgulidze
September – October, 2021

Propaganda is pleased to present Oxygen Biennial 2021 – the 4th edition of the annual art project, transformed into a regional scale event. Curated by Ketevan (Keti) Shavgulidze and Ser Serpas, the title of the Oxygen Biennial 2021 is “Rites of Passage.”

Attuned to the postponed times, life via screens, and memories of mass art events, the exhibition reflects on the complex process of shifting one’s sense of belonging from one group identity to another; and subsequent actions or traditions that may take place – spectacles that would signify them. Anthropologist Arnold van Gennep recognized this stage as “rites of passage” in 1909; Where an individual and his whole being floats in a transitional phase – between binaries, in a detached and ambivalent yet critical state of undefinition. It is this particular liminal condition that we will meditate on; its personal, collective, and global dimensions.

Biennial Format: #intheether

Following the Resolution of the Government of Georgia of September 7, 2021 (№450, Article 1; paragraph 6 edit), from August 25, 2021, any entertainment, artistic, festival, and cultural events (except the events of theatrical and cinematographic nature) are prohibited. An exhibition that spoke about: functioning from the screen, semi-existence, floating in liminality, distancing from time-space, being harnessed to an image, moving towards the unknown, and turning into an etheric body – became an etheric body itself. You will learn the stories of the Biennial through our media partners when you follow the hashtags #intheether #ეთერში.

Find us on channels:
Artarea/Tv2.0 Propaganda.network Stamba Hotel TBC Concept – თიბისი კონცეპტი
artareatv2.0; Oxygen_biennial; propaganda.network; stamba.hotel; tbc_concept

Anna K.E. //Astali & Pierce // Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili/ Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili / David Apakidze / Lia Bagrationi /Alexander Beglarishvili /Dora Budor/ Bouillon Group // David Chikhladze/Margo Korableva Performance Theatre // Levan Chogoshvili / Andro Dadiani / Nikita Gale / Irakli Gamrekeli / Giorgi Geladze / God Era (Nini Goderidze) / Ana Gzirishvili / Mamuka Japharidze / Salome Jokhadze / Morag Keil / Nika Kutateladze / Lado Lomitashvili / Nancy Lupo / Park Mcarthur / Sophio Medoidze / Mariam Natroshvili & Detu Jincharadze / Ser Serpas / Mishiko Sulakauri / Gio Sumbadze / Beso uznadze / Iliko Zautashvili / Kirill Zdanevich

Artists Gaze:
Anna Dziapshipa / Saba Gorgodze / Anna R. Japaridze / Guram Tsibakhashvili

Collateral Events #intheether:
State Silk Museum, “Museum Without Objects: Constant Flow”
Gallery 4710, Mari Kalabegashvili & Tornike Gognadze “Last Song”
Gallery LC Queisser, Tamaz Nutsubidze
E.A. Shared Space, Sophie Jung, „sænətrɔːiəm“
Gallery Warehouse, “Photo-Auction”
TBC concept presents: Gamrekeli Gallery, Irakli Gamrekeli “Rites of Passage”
Gallery Artbeat, Tamuna Chabashvili, “Guda-Nabadi”
The Why Not Gallery, Shalva Nikvashvili, “This Is a Viola, It Is a Flower”
Dedicace Gallery, Kakhi Eradze, “TORSO”
TBC Concept Flagship, Nina Kintsurashvili, “Digital Natives”

Educational Meetings:
September 25
“Natela Svanidze” – Nino Davadze, CES Records (Video by Nika Machaidze)
“Lali -Emma Lalaeva-Ediberidze” – Kristine Darchia
“The Missing Poems of Marijan” – Lika Tarkhan Mouravi, “Danarti” Issue presentation
September 26
Artist Talk: Ser Serpas (Workshop), TBC Concept Flagship
Artist Talk: Nancy Lupo (Online Workshop)
September 27
Panel-Discussion: “Queet Art,” Nikoloz Nadirashvili, Ketevan (Keti) Shavgulidze
September 28
Artist’s Gaze:
Anna Dziapshipa
Saba Gorgodze
Anna R. Japaridze
Guram Tsibakhashvili

Support: Adjara Group (Rooms Hotels, Stamba, Fabrika)/ Embassy of The United States in Georgia/ TBC Concept/ Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs/ Tbilisi City Hall

Curators: Ser Serpas, Ketevan (Keti) Shavgulidze
Project Manager: Mariam Shergelashvili
Design Lead: Teona Tsintsadze
Designer: Giorgi Grdzelishvili
Communications Lead: Elene Pasuri
Social Media: Nino Davadze
Curator’s Assistants: Tornike Gognadze, Mariam Inashvili, Valentina Maghlakelidze, Natalia Nikatsadze, Ana Morgoshia, Mariam Parthenishvili, Teimuraz Eristavi
Special Thanks: Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, Artarea, At.ge
Project Consulting: Nikoloz Nadirashvili
Art Director: Tinatin Asatiani
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