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Exhibitions 21 September 2018 till 20 January 2019

LARA PROTECTS ME. A GEORGIAN STORY

10:00 Location: Frankfurt Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schaumainkai 17, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany Organizer: Creative Georgia, Museum Angewandtekunst
Partner: Georgian National Book Center
Curator: Mahret Kupka 
Participants: Tamar Chaduneli, Giorgi Geladze, Salome Jokhadze, Tamuna Karumidze, Irakli Kiziria, David Meskhi, Dina Oganova, Danarti Magazine, Patara Gallery, TBC, SITUATIONIST
Authors: Wato Tsereteli, Anastasiia Fedorova, Mahret Kupka, Salome Benidze, Ciarán Miqeladze 


Tbilisi, they say, is the new Berlin. Late-night partying and scope to do one’s own thing are luring ever more people to Georgia’s capital. Located at the intersection of key trade routes for centuries, Tbilisi has always brought different peoples together – whether involuntarily, through occupation or conquest, or willingly and generously by offering refuge to those driven from elsewhere. The populations seldom merged; instead, the separate groups learned to create permeable boundaries, leading to an eclectic mix of cultures existing side by side.
In the exhibition Lara protects me, video works, photographs, drawings and design objects tell the stories of various convergences. An enigmatic message the show’s curator Mahret Kupka found on her journey through Georgia became the point of departure for a quest. Who is the mysterious Lara who wrote the message? What can contemporary creative artists tell us about her? Georgian artists, designers, curators and writers respond and invite us to explore their country.