Voluntary Sacrifice by Gia Bughadze
07 November, 2013
Voluntary Sacrifice by Gia Bughadze
A World Where Torture Turns into Beauty

On 1 November, Vanda Art Gallery opened its doors to one of Georgia’s leading contemporary artists, Gia Bughadze. His exhibition is called “Victima.”
The color of the eyes is vague. A favorite phrase of Schiller’s -“Art …it is exercising in freedom” – comes to mind. The artist’s credo is limitless, except that he never touches churches, as he thinks that is not his business. But even the choice of freedom does not seem
to him to be real freedom, since you are stuck and bound to choice, and not knowing what to do, thus become a slave. Genuine freedom for him is that of Goethe: devoted service to a profession, or a son, for example, the voluntary victim of something you love.
But Gia Bughadze is always ready to work. For him art is a shelter where he is so free, knows exactly what he wants to do, and does it. “However, independence is the most difficult thing in the world, as we are bound by so many physiological things like hunger, thirst, etc...” he explained, in a discussion of his work.
The leitmotif of the exhibition concerns victims of different circumstances … self-sacrifice depicted by visual means, conveyed in different shapes, techniques and mediums. This is sacrifice made with love and dictated by devotion and faithfulness. Most of the twenty pieces on display show voluntary victims of patriotism, of dignity, of ideals. And the sacrifices made for dignity are the main topic of the exhibition.
Bughadze is not a popular artist, which proves that he is a genuine painter. He never works for those who want only to buy his works of art. He just wants to paint and paint. Therefore, most of his works are in the collections of ordinary citizens, instead of the property of affluent collectors who care most about what would fit with the interior designs of their apartments.
In the exhibition, Bughadze takes his notions of the causes of self-sacrifice through self-realization, the pressures of the time in which one lives, desires for professional perfection, friendship, and devotion to one’s own family, leading finally to a blind, so-called “fatal sacrifice”, something unreachable for those lacking extraordinary minds.
“Working on these pieces, I realized what it is like to find the sense of one’s life. This means when a person finds the weapon of self-torturing, i.e., going towards the voluntary sacrifice, and thus, to exceed one’s own self,” Bughadze noted.
The art historian Nino Ghaghanidze has commented, “Nobody doubts in Gia Bughadze’s creative activeness. However, he had a pause and we are happy now to be attending the opening. Once again I am getting sure that his exhibition is always new and does not resemble its predecessors. This is a totally different angle on art. Moreover, the topic “Victima” is very topical for the Georgian society. I was a little bit afraid as being topical often means banal, but he has managed to be very timely in the social and political context and at the same time, stay as the genuine painting. Art always reflects its contemporary reality but the main thing is that it should retell it in the artistic tongue.”
The painter does not hold to “art for art’s sake” or “art for the people’s stake,” but instead, “art for a person.” In this exhibition he shows that he has achieved his goal, but those who wish to experience it for themselves should hurry, since “Victima” will remain on display only until 10 November.
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