Karlo Kacharava. People and places

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Modern Art is pleased to announce our first exhibition of Karlo Kacharava’s work, curated by Sanya
Kantarovsky and Scott Portnoy.

Karlo Kacharava’s (1964-1994) short-lived yet oceanic body of work took shape in Tbilisi, Georgia
against the backdrop of the loosening cultural boundaries afforded by the Glasnost-era Soviet Union of
the 1980’s and the subsequent financial and political groundlessness of the post-Soviet 1990’s.

His prolific output of drawing, painting, poetry and art criticism galvanized an orbit of young Georgian
artists and thinkers, and continues to exert notable influence on emerging Georgian art in the present
day. His inventive visual world frequently reflects an almost adolescent angst, punctuated by a fandom
of a broad gamut of western culture ranging from the likes of Nick Cave and Susan Sontag to comic
books and cinema. Yet there is something more specific to the project than fanning out. It’s as though
the work – by reconstituting names and references for their glyphic, pictorial dimension – brings into
sharp relief a nexus of desire, access, power and ownership.

There is an articulated dissonance
between the need to establish a ground of one’s own whilst acknowledging an anxiety of influence from
a slowly leaking, sprawling, forbidden and exotic word centred on individual expression and selfactualization.
The exhibition embraces a simultaneity of ensuing melancholy, curiosity and joy that runs a current
throughout Kacharava’s beautifully painted surfaces, images and varied techniques. Themes of
childhood, memory, history and love permeate images of vagabond couples, explorers, anarchists,
philosophers, greyhound buses, sleeping friends, film heroines and teenagers.

Nearly 30 years after Kacharava’s tragic death at the age of 30 from a sudden brain aneurysm, his
vision of expanding the boundaries of his discursive world and its audience is being realized. This
exhibition marks the first comprehensive presentation of his work outside of Georgia, effectively serving
as an introduction of his oeuvre to an expanded international audience.

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