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Sabina Shikhlinskaya at “Woman_looking from”

Foto_15Lena_SabinaSabina Shikhlinskaya is a freelancer artist and independent curator; working in painting, video and photography. In Sabina’s opinion the term “gender” doesn’t exist in nature. In fact, it describes everything what is meant as typical for one of the both sexes in a society or in a culture. “In Azerbaijan the social possibilities for people are unequal”, the artist says. “For example the prevalent poverty, which is a reason for many people being not able to study or to get a good education.  I think, gender roles and gender identity still exist in these social groups. Society is marked by clear male and female jobs: Women clean the streets and work as cleaning service. Men do work in the garden. This is a cliché offered by society.” Continue reading

Elene Rakviashvili at “Woman_looking from”

Foto_06Lena_EleneElene Rakviashvili is an artist working in multidiscipline contemporary art. She also has obtained a painters diploma.Since 2009 Elene has prepared several exhibitions dedicated to Gender subject ( Installation „GAME4ME“, the photo series and Video art „KEY“ 2010, series of Photo installations „OBJECTS THAT UNITE AND DISSOCIATE“ 2011, the short film „SYMBIOSIS“ 9’5’min. Continue reading

Opening exhibition “Woman_looking from”

In 2013/06/28  in Johannstadthalle Dresden/DE the extraordinary trio of three female artists from Caucasus has presented under the title “Woman_looking from” its results of an artist in residence in Dresden/DE which took several weeks in the frame of the project Transkaukazja. The focus was on gender inequality in Germany and Europe and how they are manifested compared to the situation in their home countries in Caucasus. Here you can find photos from the opening event of the exhibition with Sabina Shikhlinskaya (AZ), Elene Rakviashvili (GE) and Eva Harut (AM), curated by Elena Pagel: Continue reading

“Border – Key – Neuropa” has ended after presentation

depARTments_LOGO_editions_4b_smallDuring „depARTment walk“ at 2013/07/12 visitors and artists could see the presentation of land art objects as the results of a two-week residence of six artists from Caucasus and eight from Germany. The main focus lay on borders – how to experience, to challenge and open them up. Together we could gain inside in this scenically, culturally and historically amazing region.
At first the objects had been visited which are in walking distance to the monastery Marienthal near Ostritz. The participating artists invited approximately 250 guests, to see the artworks at their places. The guests could touch them and were invited to take part actively in performing situations. Later on guest could also see the artworks which are more far away from the monastery during a bus trip.

The participating artists have been Ana Riaboshenko (GE), Chingiz Babayev (AZ), Elene Rakviashvili (GE), Eva Harut (AM), Sabina Shikhlinskaya (AZ) and Mariam Mughdusyan (AM), as well as Dirk Fröhlich, Elena Pagel, Holger Wendland, Johanna und Michael Dobbelt, Matthias Jackisch, Matthias Schumann and Melissa Wagner (all DE).

„Border – Key – Neuropa“, curated by Holger Wendland, is part of the international project Transkaukazja with other actions like depARTment walks in seven further countries. This walk at the Neisse is “DepARTment walk IV”. More information:!