KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO GALLERY
Agata Guevara, born in Germany, lives and works as a freelance photographer in Berlin. In 2018 she finished her degree in Fine Art Photography at the "Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie" in Berlin while her photographical work is mainly focussed on humanitarian topics around the world. 2016 she got elected to work with the GIZ (Society for International Cooperations) to work on a photographic interpretation of the topic "Religion & Values". Her series "IN LIMBO", dealing with the ongoing peace process in Colombia, was one of the award-winning ones at the "Münzenbergforum Foto-Preis" in 2018. The same year she got nominated for the 2019 C/O Talent Award.
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Agata Jedamczyk Guevara

what really matters


Everyone has something to hold on to. In this series, Agata Guevara visited retirement homes in Germany and in Colombia to portray elderly women in their homes and asked them to reveal an item they own that gives them both: strength and hope in daily life. Following the question what really matters after a long lived life in a capitalist world full of consumerism she found: A guitar whose owner is deaf now, pictures of family on the wall, an e-piano owned by a 90-yo woman who played the organ for 60 years of her life, earrings designed by a daughter who passed,… many worlds created from dear held memories. Memories that really matter.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski is known as a multi-faceted portrait photographer whose works have been exhibited both in Finland and internationally. His pictures are colorful, tenderly humourous, but touching. Sinikoski describes his artistic photo production methods as lengthy and time consuming. According to Sinikoski this is because of the exceptional scope of documentary series, but also due to his wish to capture the passing of time. As a matter of fact he admits to being already hopelessly nostalgic at the age of five. He is not looking for decisive moments but rather the stagnant feeling just after these moments. Sinikoski has studied in Kunstakademiet at Kunsthøgskolen in Bergen, Norway and graduated with a Masters of the Arts at the Aalto University, Finland. He has also worked as an executive producer and curator of the Helsinki Biennale exhibitions since 2006. www.sinikoski.com https://www.instagram.com/akipekkasinikoski/ -------------------------------------- Aki-Pekka Sinikoski & Astrid Sinikoski: Ghosts Watching Over Me Ghosts Watching Over Me is a photographic diary we have been working on together with my daughter since 2011, when she was four. As kids our fears are often easy to name or recognise. We are afraid of monsters, ghosts, or the shadows behind the curtains. As we get older our fears often get more abstract. By working together we kind of open up, write out and reconstruct our dreams and fears. By photographing the fears we can tame these faceless creatures and ghosts. They are no longer our enemies, but our servants who are ready to support us and make us feel stronger. By creating meaningful images for others we have accidentally got meaning in our own lives as well. Our co-operation has become a way for us to spend time together and share our thoughts. I suggest these photos are dealing with the relationship between father and daughter by documenting our lives, fears, and dreams. The photos also reflect universal questions parents all over the world ask themselves. Questions of life and death, questions about what kind of future, role models, desires, ideals, thoughts, standards of beauty, consumption models, and memories we give our children. Aki-Pekka Sinikoski together with Astrid Sinikoski
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Aki-pekka Sinikoski

Aki-Pekka Sinikoski & Astrid Sinikoski: Ghosts Watching Over Me


Ghosts Watching Over Me is a photographic diary we have been working on together with my daughter since 2011, when she was four. As kids our fears are often easy to name or recognise. We are afraid of monsters, ghosts, or the shadows behind the curtains. As we get older our fears often get more abstract. By working together we kind of open up, write out and reconstruct our dreams and fears. By photographing the fears we can tame these faceless creatures and ghosts. I suggest these photos are dealing with the relationship between father and daughter by documenting our lives, fears, and dreams. The photos also reflect universal questions parents all over the world ask themselves. Questions of life and death, questions about what kind of future, role models, desires, ideals, thoughts, standards of beauty, consumption models, and memories we give our children.
Al Lapkovsky is a critically acclaimed international photographer with a major emphasis on surrealist imagery. Having begun his photographic journey in London in 2003, Lapkovsky has always been attuned to the endless potential of photographic experimentation, challenging conventional notions of photography and providing the viewer with an opportunity to visualise subconscious and let loose the power of imagination. Born in Daugavpils, Latvia in 1981, of Russian decent, Lapkovsky has managed to create photographic imagery that possesses keen transcendental quality imperceptibly switching back and forth from reality to absurdity. Though big part of Lapkovsky's works employs black-and-white technique, the photographer is not averse to colour, only to create an even more eccentric work with exaggerated mental and internal representations, making perception of them edgily acute. His works often seem frozen in the moment, bearing an unpolished emotion, a dream, a fantasy or a secret. He says of his work "In my photography I'm trying to show to the audience that within the artistic interpretations of the world around and inside us everything is possible. In everyday life we can rarely see something extraordinary, but within art it's always a mix of dreams, fantasies and reality. Seeing something surreal next to the ordinary, helps the viewer to use one's imagination and build a story around my photographs." Working in post-production to create new out of old, as well as being continuously motivated to develop edgy visual concepts focusing around human expression within the inter-spaces of cultural and built systems, the photographer uses various photographic skills, masterfully employing special techniques of light and lenses, as well as photomontage and multiple exposure technique. The result has won Lapkovsky international award recognition and critical acclaim with more than twenty prestigious solo- and group shows in Europe and abroad, having become part of his extensive, visually influential portfolio. For the last 15 years, he has worked in the heart of the creative industry contributing to national and international magazines, creating ad campaigns, shooting editorial stories and working on book covers. Please have a look at Al's portfolio and get in touch if you wish to discuss your project. Al is available for bookings worldwide and will be happy to visualise your idea for you.
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Al Lapkovsky

Disconnecting Connection


We are disappearing, cease to exist, perish. We can’t imagine our lives without the blue screens. We are bombarded with news, updates and statuses. We’ve got thousands of friends and yet we are alone. We are semi-transparent, lost in the blue light of useless information and a fake feeling of belonging. The main goal of this project is to illustrate how we keep disconnecting from the reality around us at any given moment and becoming engaged in something that is perhaps real but not that important and relevant right now; How we just by the nature of habit choose more often to look at the screen instead of looking around, to text someone instead of talking to a person sitting in front of us; How our mind becomes global in the sense that we can engage in a conversation with people we barely know and at the same time ignore someone very close and real.
Visual artist working with the medium of photography. I was born in Moscow and obtained my bachelor of arts and design at Russian State University of Humanities. In 2012 I moved to London to study at London College of Communication on a BA photography course. There my interest turned from pure and straight photography to collage, mixed media, installation, archival recollection, finding its natural expression in my personal projects from then onwards. In 2014 I moved again from London to Milan and I graduated with a double diploma from the BA Photography course at IED (Instituto Europeo di Design) and LCC. During my studies, I won several awards such as the Sony World Photography Awards, Metro Print Images Award and Best of Russia Photography Competition, Gazebook festival Slideluck awards( Sicily). My work has been exhibited as a part of the group shows in Somerset House (London), Moscow contemporary art center Winzavod (Moscow), Nursary gallery (London) and Kuldiaga Art Center (as a part of the ISSP 2016 group exhibition). Also for some months, I was a part of the Fabrica Art Residence (Treviso). Was doing lecture about fiction in photography( Fotodepartament, St. Peterburg, Russia)
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Anastasia Zhetvina

The Memoirs of Yan Khtovich


Questioning the very basic notion of photography as probably the most indisputable historical source, I was trying to build a narrative that intensely takes you back in time and tells a fascinating story about a secret group of ornithologists working in Germany during WW2 to defy the Russian Army using spy pigeons. Conceived under the form of a personal diary and memoir composed by the leader of the group, Yan Khtovich, the book builds a narrative through the combination of written accounts, images, documents, collages and contemporary photographs printed with old printing techniques. Initiated by the notion of the employ of pigeons during wartime (a historical fact), mainly as messengers, the artist, born and raised in a country such as Russia where propaganda has always overcome the actual historical truth, also addresses the über contemporary concept of post-truth.
VITA   1983 // born in Novokuznetsk. Russia (Siberia)   2000 - 2003 // Studies at the Kusnezker Academy   2004 // Studies at the University of Bielefeld (BA)   2004 // Photographer and co-organizer at the International Short Film Festival Detmold   2007 // Speaker of the International Student Council University Bielefeld   2008 // Initiator of the photo competition "The everyday life through the eyes of the international student"   2008 // freelance photographer and designer   2011 // Studied at the FH Bielefeld. Photography and Media (MA)   2012 // Foundation of the OSTLOOK initiative AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS 2007 // Picture series "Ankara - Abstractions" in context of the art fair "ORIGINALE".   2007 // image series "Babuschka" in the context of a group exhibition of the "Young Friends of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld".   2009 // series "Russia. Turkey. Photographs "as part of the art fair "ORIGINALE ".   2013 // Mediapreis Arnsberg (2nd place) - "My homeland Siberia"   2014 // "Rshew in focus", Stadtmuseum Gütersloh   2015 // Group exhibition "Spaces Siberia" / Barnaul, Republic of Altai, Russia   2015 // Mediapreis Arnsberg - "Wilderness - A History of the Crimea"   2016 // Group show "Call me Tomorrow", work "Portrait of the Black Sea. Crimea."   2016 // "Research Price Eastern Europe" by Renovabis   2017 // group exhibition "Über Gefüge", Kunstverein Bad Nauheim, work "Stand - by"   2018 // group exhibition "OSTLOOK", work "Stand-by"
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Andrey Sosnin

Stand-by Crimea


Five years ago the crimean peninsula has been annexed. An incident that was highly discussed in the media. The western press wrote a lot about the massive Russian military presence. While in the Russian press it was reported that the economic Situation of Crimea was more or less stable, I decided to get my own picture in September 2014. What I found there was a peninsula that came to a ghostly economic halt. „It seems that the summer guests have already been forgotten, as though they had never been there. Two or three rainy days, and the last vestige of their recent presence will be washed away from the streets. The whole senseless summer, passed in absurd haste, with its evening concerts, its dust raised by the women’s skirts, its pitiful flirtations and discussions of political subjects, now seems like a far-away, long-forgotten dram.“ A. Kuprin „The Læstrygonians“ 1907, Crimea
Arseniy Neskhodimov, 37 years old, Russia, Moscow. BA in Photography. 2003. Russia. I have been working as a photographer for 15 years. Publications: Geo, Le Monde, Pari Match, Sunday Times Magazine, Courier international, Rolling Stone, Forbes and others. Awards/exhibitions 2018. International Photography Grant. Nominee. 2018. ND Awards, Fine art. Honorable mention. 2018. Kuala Lumpur International Photo awards. Finalist 2018. Moscow International biennale for yang art. Group exhibition. Installation. 2017. Scholarship MA in Photography, IAAD, Italy. 2017. Moscow international biennale of contemporary art. Group exhibition. Installation, photography. 2016. Russian IPA, Fine Art , Abstract. 3rd place. 2014. IPA. Honorable mention. 2014. Fine art photography awards. Nominee. 2014. MIFA. Honorable mention. 2012. Silver camera. Moscow, Russia. 1st prize 2010. International photo competition Tyumen, Russia. 2nd prize 2007. International Photo Competition Tyumen, Russia. 1st prize. 2010. International photo competition Tyumen, Russia. 2nd prize 2007. International Photo Competition Tyumen, Russia. 1st prize.
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Arseniy Neskhodimov

Body care


I was born with a big wide nose and around age of twelve I started to be ashamed of it. I even tried to save money to have a plastic surgery. When I was around 23 years old I reconciled with myself. I didn’t save up any money back then. Nowadays there are clothespins for the nose, it is assumed that if you wear them your nose becomes thinner. Now I’m 37 years old and I finally decided to try a variety of modern devices and procedures except for the surgery to understand whether they can somehow improve my appearance and to stop aging. In fact, wearing certain masks to adjust the shape of the face or clothespins reducing the nose turned out to be a real self-torture. There is no evidence that this cream or that mask actually work. The result of some body care treatments is promised unless it regularly used for several years or even a lifetime.
Beka Javakhishvili was born on February 20, 1982, in Tbilisi. In 2003, after graduating from Tbilisi Agriculture Univesity, he changed his career and got engaged in photography. Since 2008 Beka has been actively involved in photography. His main focus is street life, where he mainly uses the black-and-white technique. Beka's works have been exhibited several times in both group and his personal exhibitions.
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Beqa Javakhishvili

Me There


I often feel that our life is full of certain invisible spaces where we can travel. I use a self-portrait as a device that brings me there. Just a click, and I'm there. ME THERE is a series of my self-portraits taken in different places in different times, starting from 2009.
Camillo was born in Rome (1988). Only after completing his studies in political science and anthropology, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. Nowadays, is mostly interested in personal and long-term projects and deals with documentary photography trough the combination of the anthropological approach and the photographic medium. Since 2015 he has been working on a visual project about the valley of Kashmir, India, exploring the notion and the experience of conflict, memory, religion and political aspirations. In 2017 he received one of the Alexia Foundation Student Grant to keep working on “Endless winter”. His projects received several awards such as LensCulture B&W, Short Story at World Report Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer, 1st prize at Fotoleggendo, 1st prize at Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards. Furthermore, his works have been published on Time, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Internazionale, BuzFeed, Mashable, Il Reportage, Gazeta Wyborcza, Il Manifesto, Left, among others. He have been exhibited at festivals in US, England, Russia, Italy, Spain, India, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates.
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Camillo Pasquarelli

The valley of shadows


The valley of Kashmir, a territory disputed by India and Pakistan since 1947, is one of the most militarized zones in the world. In the last few years, the Indian government provided the security forces deployed in Kashmir with a new weapon. A pump-action shotgun that fires hundreds of metal pellets is since then used to keep urban protests under control. Defined as a “non-lethal” weapon, pellet guns should be aimed at the lower part of the body. According to a UN report released in 2018, the weapon is responsible for blinding around 1000 people and killing dozens. Left partially or totally blind, victims speak of the darkness descended upon their lives. The only things left to see are the faint shadows that surround them.