Connecting Georgia (2019-2020) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of urban planning and community development and connects the city of Batumi with other European cities . The project is connected to the Creative Europe funded project Memory of Water that gathers six partners in Europe and is funded by the Swedish Institute, Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region.
By engaging artists in Stockholm and Batumi in co-creation and exploration, Connecting Georgia intends to include Batumi in a bigger international dialogue on the challenges of urban planning and city development in waterfront cities with post-industrial cultural heritage. It was planned to also include creative residency of two Swedish artists, curated by artistic duo SIMKA, in Batumi (Georgia) but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the plan was altered to include more digital exchange of ideas and exposure. The project aims to explore the impact that artists can have on post-industrial waterfront heritage planning.
5 artists from Stockholm and 5 artists from Batumi are collaborating virtually and exchanging ideas and experiences. Each artist will develop an artistic intervention that explores the post-industrial cultural heritage, social sustainability and urban development. The project closes with a city lab in each city– a place where citizens, artists, experts, NGO’s and the public sector can come together to co-create ideas, tools and technologies that addresses local challenges in a European context.
Connecting Georgia (2019-2020) is an artistic project that aims at developing and discussing tools that can be helpful to tackle the challenges for sites with post-industrial cultural heritage.
Irakli Dznealdze, photographer
Giorgi Gogiberidz, painter, director, photographer and screen writer
Shota Gujabidze, photographer, film director and city activist
Zaira Nadirashvili, visual artist and photographer
Levan Tsulukidze, musician, multi-media artist, painter
with organiser Zviad Eliziani, Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF)
With support from the Swedish Institute