“Art for Peace” Exhibition to Visit Europe
01 May, 2014
“Art for Peace”  Exhibition to Visit Europe
On 25 April, the Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Contemporary Art hosted the exhibition “Art for Peace.” The organizers were the Multinational Georgia for Strengthening Democratic Values and the Marigold Company, as well as the Supreme Council of the Abkhazian Autonomous Republic. Tea Guntaishvili’s handmade dolls placed in the center of the lobby created a nice atmosphere. Tea is a graphical artist with an interest in dolls. She once listened to the Patriarch of Georgia’s preaching to do so. “My first
doll was from the Georgian film ‘Me, Granny, Iliko and Ilarion.’” It was the Granny Olgha (a movie based on the book of Nodar Dumbadze). She is considered to be the granny of all Georgians, but for me she is a very close person as I come from same region - Guria,” she told Georgian Journal. ”My first exhibition consisted of around 30 dolls of the Georgian film female personages, called Pearls, as I think that those actresses are real pearls to Georgia. Here, 15 dolls from different regions of Georgia are exhibited, wearing characteristic clothing. They are not for sale. I just want to show the world our culture and how beautiful and talented Georgians are via them.”
The exhibition also showed modernized clothing from the different regions of Georgia. Tamar Nadiradze, head of the Marigold Company also commented: “We united three companies to show the world our history and culture, and that Georgians are talented people. This collection will be taken to Strasbourg. There paintings of children under the title “We will be back” will also be presented. The title implies the return of our breakaway territories. The aim of the exhibition is to present our immigrants and the local community everything Georgian.”
The Georgian Academy of Policy and Diplomacy was a partner organization of the event. “The exhibition will popularize the Georgian culture and traditions abroad. I believe that Georgia as a small country situated in a very complex geo-political environment needs high profile attention on the international arena. Public diplomacy rather than aggressiveness and radicalism to bring back the breakaway regions are of utmost importance. These dresses and dolls, I believe, are also very important to show them that we survived in this globalized world and that we are a very dignified nation as such,” Teona Lavrelashvili, co-founder of the academy noted.
The real eye-catchers were the magnificent costumes paraded by dancers of the Georgian National University’s Choreographic ensemble. The ensemble Alilo sang some beautiful national polyphonic songs and was, later on, musically accompanied by Ucha Kordzaia on the sax. The music, dolls and dresses created a magical atmosphere in the museum. Everybody seemed happy and united through their joy. Both Georgians and foreigners were among the guests. Brian McNair from the US who is in Georgia as part of an exchange program was one of the foreigners whom we recorded: “I really like the costumes the people are wearing. I was really impressed with the art that the students (schoolchildren) did. It is my third time here in the group ‘Georgia connect’. We work with internally displaced persons.”
The dolls of Tea Guntaishvili, as well as the live mannequins presenting Georgian national clothing, and the paintings of the schoolchildren will visit the Parliamentarian Assembly of the Council of Europe. The participants will attend lectures and seminars about the political role of the Council of Europe as well as on human rights. They will also attend the conference “European Democracy” and meet the Georgian representatives in the Council of Europe.

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