Mari Kalabegashvili

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If You Catch My Drift

A lens-based examination of Tbilisi's urban environments as extreme playgrounds.

Mari Kalabegashvili

Artist Mari Kalabegashvili is entrenched in Tbilisi’s countercultures. She is a keen observer of these environments, and the visible as well as hidden scars and ruptures that shape them. Her project If You Catch My Drift examines urban environments as extreme playgrounds.

Kalabegashvili’s point of departure is the male-dominated scene of automotive vehicle enthusiasts who compete in car races on the city streets and in professional championships. Her lens-based project takes the spiraling rubber tracks as an analogy for our existential journeys, drawing formal parallels to prehistoric depictions of coils or mazes.

Kalabegashvili blurs the lines between professional engagement with the material and having fun in the process of capturing it. That’s where she finds her support system, as all subcultural happenings depend and thrive on communal interactions. In addition to her artistic practice, Kalabegashvili works with the Parallel Class project, creating alternative educational initiatives for high school students in Georgia.

Find out about Mari Kalabegashvili’s work-stay in Beirut here.

Read art critic Daria Kravchuk’s essay on If You Catch My Drift here.

Watch Mari Kalabegashvili discuss her project:

Video by Stephan Talneau