Hoards of black birds, eerie and haunting, roam in the seeming chaos yet are controlled by an invisible force, driving them like prey into the trap of the human head that swallows them. What are those birds – nightmares, soul-destroying doubts, erratic thoughts, suffering of love, bitterness of loss or hallucinations?
This is “The Passage” – by the celebrated Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze, which she created as the world went into a lockdown. Tamara is known for her kinetic sculptures combining art and engineering. Yet this time the installation is not moving, but the story unfolds as the viewer navigates through it.
About the artist
Born 1968 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia
Tamara Kvesitadze achieved international appeal through her work with kinetic sculpture, making movement the essence of her creativity. Her artistic practice focuses on the tension between the human and its world, with the body always being at the centre of her exploration. Her way of understanding the body is ambiguous and always in flux. Her sculptures are dynamic and often with a deliberately unfinished quality to them. Bordering on the grotesque, they reference classical sculptures and allude to playful games between the subconscious and conscious worlds.