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The exhibition was on view March 7 - April 7, 2013.

The seminar was held March 8 - 9, 2013

Almost twenty years after the “Nordic Miracle” the North is again at the top of the agenda with the New York Armory Show's 2012 Nordic focus. This is a good opportunity to spread the discussion of “Nordic” through an art exhibition and seminar in the more distant setting of Tbilisi, Georgia. The artists in the exhibition are not all Nordic by birth but have made the north their workplace and home, some are native but live and work in another Nordic country.

Much has been discussed in relation to what might or might not be characteristic for artists native to/or working in the Nordic countries and the conclusion almost always seems to be that there actually are not any themes, visual or conceptual to be found. Instead one finds a broad range of contemporary art from those looking toward modernism and earlier, to more inter-­disciplinary practices. Immigration and globalization, changing economies, has opened the perspective of Nordic artists on how to create the career, mainstream or otherwise. Nordic artists also seem to have embraced the ideas of actively participating in every step of their art production from research and creation to self-organization and curatorial work; with a strong sense of commitment to public engagement, rather than assuming a miracle will arrive.

What people call success is only preparation for the next failure.

-August Strindberg

This quote illuminates an aspect of the Nordic character that the exhibition and seminar will explore - the industrious, entrepreneurial determination of Nordic artists. The need for continuity through success and failure, but above all to trust the process, proceed with work, develop new strategies, move forward. Another aspect is the integration of the events into the public consciousness, through site-specific work, through the public forum.




Center of Contemporary Art –Tbilisi (CCAT) is an independent, nonprofit organization. The main goal of CCA-Tbilisi is to support the development of contemporary art in Georgia and in Caucasus region as well. For a country with deeply rooted cultural traditions it is of crucial importance to have an independent and open institution, which will work on contextualization of contemporary visual culture and help Georgian and international artists to effectively present creative production to local and international audiences.

The center is acting as a hub in Georgia, linking and working with similar organizations around the world. We also aim to stimulate research in contemporary visual culture in Georgia and abroad. Our main research project is focused on art that was repressed in Soviet times and due to censorship largely forgotten. It is time for Georgia to start dealing with its troubled past and move on from there. CCA-Tbilisi intends to play important role in these processes.

The Center has four key activities: organizing professional exhibitions of interesting and innovating contemporary art work; educating motivated art students; conducting research of Georgian art and creating exchange opportunities of artists and curators with different partner institutions worldwide. We intend to make CCA-Tbilisi into a vital asset to the cultural life of Tbilisi.

Initiators and invited teachers at CCA-Tbilisi have 12 years of experience in organizing private art education. Wato Tsereteli, the director of CCA-Tbilisi, has proven his organizational skills, enthusiasm for art and persistence in setting up Tbilisi’s first and only photography institute


Leslie Johnson and Josefina Posch’s visit to Tbilisi in September 2011 was to investigate the possibility for an art exhibition as a result of contacts since several years. After Leslie Johnson, then Director of Valand School of Fine Arts, along with other Swedish educators and culture producers visited Tbilisi in 2009 funded by the Swedish Institute; curator Magda Guruli was invited to Gothenburg for Valand's spring exhibition, several Valand teachers visited Center of Contemporary Art and four Valand students were in Tbilisi to develop and produce an exhibition (Transit) November 2010 in the CCA exhibition space. A Georgian artist, Giorgi Makhniashvilli, former student at the Tbilisi Academy, entered a one-year Valand postgraduate program, which he finished in May 2011. Wato Tsereli, Director of CCA was at Valand recently to lecture on contemporary art in Georgia, in commitance with his exhibition in Lund. The Armory shows 2012 focus on Nordic art further presents an opportunity to connect with the Georgian community in New York through the Irena Popashvilli, former gallerist and currently Director of Tbilisi Art Academy.

Between 2011-2013 SIDA - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will focus on projects that foster co-operation towards Georgias integration in EU. Art works are an opportunity to create a bridge for people to share different perspectives, and art can provide an experience, which fosters personal and thus cultural development. Contemporary artists, in reflecting the world around them, often play with the "language of mass media" be it the technique or images which gives a potential for even non-art educated public to experience contemporary art Tbilisi is a perfect place to attempt to mount a group exhibition with artists related to the North being in an important moment in history where beautifully restored museums and exciting new exhibition venues presents excellent opportunities to investigating new forms for communicating contemporary art, for foreign artists to present their practice locally and to introduce their way of practice to enrich the Georgian cultural scene.

The exhibiton and semniar is produced by Snowball Cultural Productions in collaboration with CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi with the support of Norden - Nordic Culture Fund, The Swedish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Council, FRAME – Visual Art Finland

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