IN SITU: Thea Gvetadze – Becoming Thea Merlani

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Event

M HKA, Antwerp

12 May 2018 - 02 September 2018

Thea Gvetadze is an artist creating images of enigmatic scenarios, loaded with tension, emotion and symbolism. Experimenting with traditional techniques in clay and textile amongst other materials, Gvetadze’s practice speculates with highly idiosyncratic forms of image-making and representation. Her paintings in particular, often painted directly onto black velvet, are vivid recondite compositions unyielding to the pull of such dark and cosmic ground.

Gvetadze’s solo exhibition at M HKA will configure a selection of new and recent works in painting, ceramics and tapestry, which together demonstrate the variety and sophistication of her image-making. These works will be presented alongside deeply loaded and personal ‘readymade’ artefacts, including Esophagus Foreign Bodies and Trachea Foreign Bodies (both 2014) – her father's personal display of soviet-era objects accidentally swallowed, that he removed from people's throats during his career as a doctor.

Thea Gvetadze lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Nectar, Tbilisi; Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf; Museum von Ostwall, Dortmund; and the Georgian Pavilion at the 50th Biennale of Venice, 2003. Gvetadze has also participated in exhibitions and projects at Art General, New York; Sprüth Magers, Düsseldorf; Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands; and Karvasla Tbilisi History Museum.

Thea Gvetadze’s exhibition is presented within the framework of the IN SITU programme at M HKA. The IN SITU offers medium-scale monographic exhibitions by significant early- and mid-career artists from around the world. It focuses on the commissioning of new artworks and experimental practices in what is M HKA’s largest and most atypical exhibition space. The IN SITU programme is led by Nav Haq, Senior Curator, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp.

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