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Christina Quarles: Bodies Seen From Within

“I love the idea of not being born an artist. A lot of times, there's this mythology around artists that there's just some sort of inherent genius that gets passed down from the heavens. And I think actually one of the things that makes being an artist so fulfilling as a practice is that it is a practice. It's something that you do over a lifetime, and it’s something that is both a combination of acquired technical skills and also just living in the world, and you're always changing.” Having said this, Quarles, throughout her entire life, has had a special interest in the figure. “You're painting or drawing a body, but you're in your own body. We're constantly oscillating between the desire to be seen and understood and the desire to be an authentic self.” “And it's those moments of excess and those moments of lack that I try to express in the paintings. As well as to create a sense of meaning.” Christina Quarles (b. 1985) is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice works to dismantle assumptions and ingrained beliefs surrounding identity and the human figure. Quarles received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2016 and holds a BA from Hampshire College. Christina Quarles was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner in April 2024. The interview took place in her studio in Los Angeles, USA.

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Gvantsa Jishkariani

Gvantsa Jishkariani is a contemporary artist and curator. Founder of Patara Gallery and The Why Not gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Maia Naveriani

Maia Naveriani’s (მაია ნავერიანი, 1966) artistic practice is rife with possibilities. Maia Naveriani is a Georgian artist who began working as a citizen of the Soviet Union and then moved to London. She currently lives and works in Tbilisi. Her works, executed primarily in colored pencil or watercolor on paper, are catalytic — charged with a jolt of life, and composed as if chasing after light.

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Salomé Jashi

Georgian documentary director Salomé Jashi explains why she made Taming the Garden, how she made her other films and how she works.

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Andro Wekua: I Don’t Want to Complicate Things

“The process goes through this in-between space. I don’t want to complicate it.” Georgian artist Andro Wekua shares a glimpse into his practice, which ranges between sculpture, video and paintings. Growing up in Georgia, Andro Wekua never planned to become an artist. But he does remember drawing a lot in school and taking an interest in art. “What I know is that I’m a lot in my head thinking about stuff. And I have a particular feeling to the time and the past,” he says and continues: “I don’t only work with memories. Memories are a part of it. Some are emotional; some are just visual. Some take more space, some take less.” Around the time when he was 13 years old, Andro Wekua had to flee Georgia. When we look at a sculpture like ‘Get out of my room’ (2006), we see a young boy, also around 13 years old, dressed as a schoolboy, slumped in a chair. The boy seems stuck in time and space. “I was almost this age when I had to leave the city where I grew up,” Wekua says. “I have a lot of fantasies and memories about it,” explaining further: “It becomes almost a science fiction.” In the time following his move from Georgia, the young Andro Wekua had a lot of dreams about the city he grew up. Always trying to escape unnoticed. This inspired the series of works ‘Pink Wave Hunters’ (2010-11) in which Andro Wekua has recreated buildings from his childhood city from memory: “I tried to reconstruct the buildings,” he says and continues: “The façade, which I really knew, I tried to make as precise as possible.” The video work ‘All is Fair in Dreams and War’ (2018) shows a chaotic collection of clips, including a burning palm tree. “It has some kind of part in my reality, this title. Kind of a big part, actually.” Having experienced the war, where he also lost his father, who was a political activist, Wekua has seen violence up close. “I think this before and after is too mixed for me. I cannot keep it clear,” he explains further: “Violence was a part of my life, too. It’s not something that I’m cultivating in my work, but if it’s necessary and I have to take it to the edge, I’ll do it. I do the same thing if it has something to do with beauty.” Andro Wekua (b. 1977) is a Georgian artist based in Zürich, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany. Wekua was born in Sokhumi, where he witnessed an ethnic conflict in Abkhazia in the 1990s. He works in various media, including collage, painting, sculpture, installation and film. Wekua has built a cosmos in which he stages fragmented personal and political memories through assemblage-like visual strategies. Andro Wekua was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen at his studio in Berlin in March 2023. Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard Edited and produced by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2023

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Who is Gagosh – Tbilisi’s treet art maestro

Gagosh, a popular street artist from Tbilisi, speaks about his art and the enormous possibilities of graffiti, including in politics

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"It’s a Picture Telling a Story" | Charlie Roberts

“I didn't grow up with abstract or conceptual art or anything like that. So, like for me, the root is really about storytelling.” American artist Charlie Roberts is known for his intimate figurative paintings, which depict the complexities and nuances of modern life in bright colors and intricate detail. To Roberts, painting is, first and foremost, narrative. Growing up in a small town in Kansas, Roberts recalls a mural in the local post office depicting workers in the fields. Discussing the evolution of figurative painting, Roberts notes its recent shift from nostalgia to contemporary relevance. He draws inspiration from the specificity and anti-nostalgic nature of rap music: “Rap music is specific and it's obsessed with dating itself and it's obsessed with referencing. It's like anti-nostalgic. And I think that is so potent for me.” Roberts' works often celebrate and critique modern life, reflecting personal insecurities and the complex interplay of consumer culture. This includes a fascination with finance and modern societal structures, incorporating these themes into his art with a critical yet appreciative lens. Charlie Roberts was born and raised in Kansas, United States. He graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada, in 2005. He is known for collecting and sampling elements from contemporary pop culture and hip-hop to art history in his praxis, which spans wood carving, ceramics, painting on canvas, and watercolor on paper. Roberts currently lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Christian Lund interviewed Charlie Roberts in Roberts’ studio in Oslo, Norway, in 2022. Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard Edited by: Nanna Rebekka Produced by: Christian Lund

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We had a showroom sale on the streets of Orchard & Hester. PLASTIC IS THE COMMON ENEMY.

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Aboudia

Ahead of a dedicated online sale, the acclaimed Ivorian artist discusses the ideas behind his distinctive work and its links to the African street children who find escape through graffiti. A painter and craftsman, the Cote d'Ivoire-born artist Aboudia speaks with us about his creative process (many of his works incorporate materials found in Abidjan and NYC) and the importance of including children in his art. ‘It’s possible to grow up on the street and become someone.' — Aboudia

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Death of the Follower & the Future of Creativity with Jack Conte

Patreon CEO Jack Conte explains how the current internet algorithms are killing the traditional "follower" for creators, threatening their creative freedom and livelihoods. The internet started as a platform that democratized creative distribution. You could upload your work to platforms like YouTube and immediately have it accessible to millions of people. After that came the "subscribe" button, which enabled creators to go beyond reach. Now they could build a following and find their true fans that would support them to build a creative business. But with the rise of platform-focused algorithms (Facebook's ranking, TikTok's "for you" curation), creators cannot reach their following and true fans. This shift has had a devastating impact on creators' creativity and ability to support themselves doing what they love. He advocates for the new spaces on the internet (like Patreon) where creators can always connect with their communities, create what they want, and control their own destinies.

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Christelle Kocher of KOCHÉ | MAFF Artist Spotlight

KOCHÉ is a fashion brand established in Paris by Christelle Kocher in 2015. KOCHÉ is on a mission to push values of openness in fashion: diversity & inclusion of genders, body shapes, materials used, social and geographical origins.. moreover, KOCHÉ DNA is based on elevated craft know-how.

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MAFF chat — Nana Nyahan 🇬🇭

Ring rring it’s #MAFFchat featuring fam across the 🌍 Dialing in with #nananyahan based in Accra, Ghana. Using a myriad of contrasting colors and textures, Nana takes her viewers on a psychotropic journey drawing inspiration from her relationships, pain, sadness, and experiences of intimacy. Nyahan creates a utopian reality for both her and her viewers; an instant escape from the day to day noise.

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