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National Museum hosted Irina Gabiani’s video art

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, July 22

Irina Ganiani, the Georgian author who has lived and worked in Luxembourg since 1998, held a presentation of her video art at the National Museum of Georgia on July 17.

Sixteen videos were shown to the audience.

Prior to the show, the amazing videos were demonstrated at the 54th Venice Biennale, at the exhibition space of the Court of Justice of EU Parliament, at the "Design in the City" biennale in Luxembourg and many other international shows and exhibitions.

The videos are dedicated to the relationship between a man and the world, between the macro and micro worlds.

Irina says there is no physical captivity; one is captive when he sacrifices the freedom of his soul.

“We create our captivity and only we can make ourselves free from the bonds. If you are a slave it is your own choice." She admits that achieving the internal freedom is really hard and it takes much afford and time.

“Life teaches us how to achieve the freedom. We should try, we should study, we should listen and most importantly we should all strive towards freedom. If someone wants to be really free he will reach the condition one day.”

As it was mentioned above, the essential part of her works is dedicated to the relationship of a man to the universe, the infinite nature of a human being and his infinite abilities.

“There is a great similarity between the micro and macro worlds. If we look down the trees or rivers from the sky they are very similar to human veins. Micro and macro worlds are inseparable,” she says.

“We all belong to a unique system, to a big organism imagined as a kind of complex, interrelated chain, of which we, and everything around us, are a part.” She thinks that each human should be very conscious about his activities and think about the future consequences.

“As we are a part of one big chain, our actions always make differences. If we ignore thinking about consequences the approach might lead us to a disaster.”

When you watch the video art created by her, you feel that you are the part of one, big unity. The videos are very natural, with very natural situations, but very deep and comprehensive. In 2-3 minute videos the author manages to get you think about our existence, for what we live, where we go and uses quotes and poetry of her favorite authors to reveal the ideas better.

“Success is as dangerous as failure.

Hope is as hollow as fear.
What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
you position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don't see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things,” the video entitled as “ World as Yourself” voices Laozi.

No artificial elements, juts slow motion to uncover her attitudes and emotions with mysterious and excellent musical background.