Georgia

Informal Architecture on an Ideological Scale: Georgia's Kamikaze Loggia

Kamikaze style building has been vanishing in its practice, even though it can still be seen all over Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The epicenter of construction has shifted to bold modern architecture and superficial beautification restorations, initiated and supported by the previous Georgian government, accompanied by strict yet randomly enforced regulations for private building.

The obsessive orientation to the West, which has been blinding the nation since the Rose Revolution in 2003, has led to a conformity of an official state of mind. Hence the phenomenon of “evroremont,” the widespread practice of replacing Soviet-style with “pan-European” interiors, as an outcome of a mostly unreflected neo-capitalist architectural vision needs to be criticized, in order to prevent that the pavilion’s suggested “refusal of dominant structures” becomes exactly that which it is supposed to refuse.

Will the presentation of Kamikaze architectural and ideological structures act as more than another exotification of Georgia? Or will it trigger another evaluation, different from the one so willingly taken on by a mainly eurocentric audience looking down on Georgia’s transformatory “first steps” into the “real world” of both capitalism and art?

Katharina Stadler

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
First Deputy Minister of Culture
Artists:
Thea Djordjadze; Nikoloz Lutidze; Gela Patashuri; Ei Arakawa; Sergei Tcherepnin; Gio Sumbadze; Bouillon Group (collective)
Curator:
Joanna Warsza
Open Call?
Yes
Selection procedure:
An independent jury selected the curatorial proposal after an open call.

Curator

Name:
Joanna Warsza
Gender:
Female
Born:
Poland, 1976
Lives and works in:
Germany and Poland
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Ei Arakawa
Gender:
Male
Born:
Japan, 1977
Lives and works in:
The United States of America
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Tokyo

Artist

Name:
Gela Patashuri
Gender:
Male
Born:
Georgia, 1973
Lives and works in:
Georgia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Sergei Tcherepnin
Gender:
Male
Born:
The United States of America, 1981
Lives and works in:
The United States of America
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
New York

Artist

Name:
Gio Sumbadze
Gender:
Male
Born:
Georgia, 1976
Lives and works in:
Georgia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Bouillon Group (collective)
Lives and works in:
Georgia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Nikoloz Lutidze
Gender:
Male
Born:
Georgia, 1984
Lives and works in:
Georgia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Thea Djordjadze
Gender:
Female
Born:
Georgia, 1971
Lives and works in:
Germany
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
2
Represented by galleries in:
Berlin, London, Milan

Politics & Economics

State System:
Unitary semi-presidential republic
Ruling Political Party:
Six party coalition including neo-liberalist, pro-western politicians and centre-right nationalists led by Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia.
Population (World Bank, 2011):
4,486,000
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$3,203
Gini Index (Inequality level) (World Bank, 2010):
42.1
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):
15.1% of the labor force
World Bank credit:
$402,060,000
Net OECD ODA Aid Received (2011):
$548,580,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$457,000,000

Alliances


Coalition of the Willing
IMF debt
World Bank debt
International Criminal Court recognized
Former Warsaw Pact
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1991 (from the USSR)
Last Major Border Revision:
Ongoing border conflict
International Court of Justice cases:
1
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
59
Nuclear Force?
No
Participation in Multinational Missons:
NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo.