Georgia has its first photography museum
20 September, 2019
Georgia has its first photography museum
With the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum (TPMM) Georgia has its first institution entirely dedicated to the contemporary image in its different forms – photography, new media, and video. The museum launched in the frame of the 10th anniversary of the Tbilisi Photo Festival at Stamba – an old Soviet-era publishing house that has been transformed in a design hotel this year. The TPMM is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that was founded in 2017.

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The first video installation exhibited is “Rituals
and Trances” by the artist duo “Unus Mundus”, Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon. Their multi-screen installation, which took ten years to make, is composed of more than 100 films that explore the world of sacred music and rituals. 

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TPMM’s leading project is “South Caucasus Hub for Education and Innovation” (PHEI). It is supposed to promote photography and visual culture in the whole region of South Caucasus. The Program has been funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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Swiss deputy regional director Werner Thut said at the opening: “Photography helps us to see things we otherwise struggle to recognize and fail to put into words. However, we do not only want to better understand. We also want to give these people a voice: the minorities, the displaced and migrants – and those with limited or no access to health, education. To reach out to the powerful which usually sit in the capitals.”

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