Mapping the Caucasus With You - 2013
'Mapping the Caucasus with you' stems from the desire to begin a dialogue between the peoples of the Northern and Southern Caucasus. Due to the ongoing conflicts in the region there is very little information available to Caucasians – both as regards their own region as well as others. Even in the age of the global village, neighbouring countries, cities and villages in this part of the world remain disconnected. For years, many modes of communication were not possible. We, the people involved in this project, have decided not to wait for anyone else to restore connections, interpret facts or share stories, instead, we believe in the reinstatement of citizenship as a form of direct democracy, and define our roles as artists as including research and the production of knowledge.
This publication aims to present personal stories that could have a role in contributing to different conceptions of a joint future and to the realization of a positive conclusion. In order to imagine this bright and peaceful future, we assembled mappings of the childhoods of Babi Badalov, Ketino Japharidze, Lado Darakhvelidze and Vadim Chiganash, all of whom grew up 1970’s & 1980’s, a period which is generally experienced as peaceful in comparison to the 1990’s. Besides the childhood maps there is a contribution by Levan Asabashvili – an analysis of the urban development of Tbilisi in the period from 1985 to 2013, and lastly, we present a discussion from one of the many Caucasian online forums where Georgians, Ossetians and Abkhazians actually are meeting and imagining a shared future.
The publication was distributed during the event 'Mapping the Caucasus with you' – an event that serves as an open source information station with contributions from Caucasian and European artists, poets, musicians, economists, civil right defenders and journalists.During the four days of events in Tbilisi and Batumi, more stories and performances will be
broadcast via Skype connections. The recording of childhood memories was chosen as leitmotiv, as a means to instigate communication between the divided Caucasians. Darakhvelidze has been talking with Northern Caucasians through blogs and forums, and has asked for them to contribute their childhood stories which he will transform into visual maps. The result is a number of large maps of Caucasian Cities as seen by their inhabitants. These maps will form the basis for anexhibition, which also can be viewed for the duration of the event. The project is curated by Onno Dirker and Lado Darakhvelidze.
This publication is produced within the framework of the projects Museum TV Station/ Mapping the Caucasus with you.
Made possible by:
The European Foundation: Step Beyond
Het Mondriaan Fonds
Design: Collective Works (Peter Zuiderwijk & Karin Mientjes)
For more information please visit www.mtvs.nl/mappingthecaucasuswithyou.html