The Tbilisi Photo Festival returns for its ninth annual celebration of world-class photography with a lively program of outstanding exhibitions, engaging events and the Night of Photography – open air nights screenings to be held in Old Tbilisi. In nine years, TPF has firmly established itself as the global hub for international photography at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road.
“… And We Came Out To See Once More The Stars”
2018 marks ten years since the Georgian-Russian War. Tbilisi Photo Festival takes this milepost to examine the consequences of the conflict and subsequent occupation of the country, and to also probe the history of Georgia since independence in 1991, a period marked by armed conflicts in the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The central event of the festival “…And We Came Out To See Once More The Stars” is an ambitious multimedia project combining video, photo, audio and texts and is “orchestrated” by French video artist Christian Barani – TPF 2018’s guest of honor. Internationally renowned for his refined style of “poésie réaliste”, Barani travelled all over the Russian-Georgia war zone and documented the reality and daily life of those whose lives have been affected along the frontier of the Russian occupation line.
“…And We Came Out To See Once More The Stars” will also feature the poignant work of ten celebrated international photographers who documented the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008. Among them: Yuri Kozyrev/NOOR, Ron Haviv/VII, Lionel Charrier/MYOP, Michael Robinson Chavez, Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos, Justyna Mielnikiewicz/MAPS, Rena Effendi, , Olivier Laban-Mattei/MYOP, Q. Sakamaki, Bruno Stevens. In addition, emerging Georgian artists, Lado Lomitashvili and Andro Eradze will present their multimedia installations while Georgian photographer, Tako Robakidze ‘s“Creeping Borders” – a long- term personal project that focus on the consequences of Russian Occupation – will also be part of the opening exhibition of TPF 2018.
Opening week: September 13 – 20
For more information: www.tbilisiphotofestival.com/en/programme/
14 M. Kostava Str., 0108 Tbilissi, Georgia
September 13, 2018 to September 20, 2018