The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection in Georgia has announced that artist Vajiko Chachkhiani will represent the country at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 13 to November 26 in 2017.
The Berlin-based artist’s installation A Living Dog in the Midst of Dead Lions will be exhibited in the Georgian pavilion. In a statement the ministry said, Chachkhiani’s installation was created to illustrate the effect of social, political, and historical conditions on the human experience.
A jury consisting of culture minister adviser and Tbilisi State Academy of Arts professor Giorgi Gegetchkori, Tbilisi History Museum curator Lili Mamatsashvili, Georgian artist and former Venice Biennale participant Akaki Ramishvili, Tbilisi History Museum curator and Getty Foundation advisor Charles Merewether, and PinchukArtCenter curator Bjoern Geldhof chose the artist from a pool of twenty submissions.
Born in Tbilisi in 1985, Chachkhiani graduated form Berlin’s University of Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is a recipient of the Rubens Promotional Award of the Contemporary Art Museum Siegen in Germany. Last month, Chachkhiani’s works were exhibited in the group show “Across the Caucasus” at the Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum.