2 - 24 March 2006

Georgia Here We Come!

First residency, Tbilisi, GE

Organisation: Maaike Gouwenberg, Bart Witte, Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde and Sopo Tabatadze

Participants:  Marika Asatiani, Daan van der Berg, Stefaan Dheedene, Marjolijn Dijkman, David Djindjikhachvili, Orgacom, Suze May Sho, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Eric von Robertson, Krzysztof Wegiel, Lado Darakhvelidze, Mamuka Samkharatze, Melano Sokhadze, Polina Rudchik, Luiza Laperadze, Bessa Kartlelishvili, Aleksandre Katsitadze, Giorgi Tabatadze

Hosted by: GeoAIR (GE), NAC (GE), Expodium (NL), Beyond (NL), Tent. (NL)

Supported by: Prins Bernhard Culturefund, The Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam, European Cultural Foundation, NCDO, Open Society and Soros Network, Royal Embassy of The Netherlands


Oil Peak, Maarten Vanden Eynde (intervention in front of the Parliament of Georgia in Tbilisi)

After the Rose Revolution in 2003, the new Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili called back his fellow country-men, who fled Georgia in the past decades, to come and help rebuild the once prosperous and wealthy country into a modern western democracy. We decided to respond to this call as well and see for our selves how a new democracy is being introduced or rather implanted and what the side-effects are of such an enormous political and sociological shift.

During three weeks the participants will develop new works, give lectures at the Art Academy in Tbilisi and participate in several talks and meetings with local artists, historians and architects.