KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO GALLERY
I was born and grew up in Pyatigorsk, Russia . From the first meeting with the world of photography, I felt that the reality and the image in the photograph are very similar and at the same time different. Photography fascinated me, with its process and result, the world through the viewfinder seemed like mine. Since 2000 year I live in Israel and while studying in Jerusalem's academy of art and design Bezalel I made sure for my self of that photography has long been more than just 'catching the moment' and requires intense intervention from the photographer. One of the interesting things I learned in academy is the understanding that, with time, photography changes, that the view towards photography as a media and as a document changes, as well as its value. Staged photography allows me more control to make the occurrence sharper, to create a reality according to my feelings For me, to make photography is to look for an existence, a story in everything, to transform moments that I see, think, feel and dream into a visual representation. Maybe photography in my life it’s kind of a way to cope with the world and the tool to research it.
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Alexander Mendelevich

The Baltic Sea.


Coming to Liepaya beach I felt an unusual silence . More precisely is the lack of human and city hum. Therefore it seemed that the sun shines even brighter. The weather is hot and the water is ice. People do the usual beach chores, somehow lining up like figures on a board, as if trying to fill the space with their presence. They seem to be driven by the desire for a time to get lost on this strip of sand between the city and the sea.
I was born in 1980 in Poland and I graduated from the University of Silesia with a Masters in Fine Arts in 2005. I use my camera to transfer and materialise the emotions, which develop in my mind, the excitement caused by encountered reality. Sometimes the photos can abstract from reality, showing different aspects of colours and forms, whereas other times they can simply reflect certain situations taking place in front of my camera. Generally, my projects present an interpretation of the surrounding world and my personal experience. The main subjects of my photographs are opposites and harmony. We can witness those processes and factors everywhere: in nature or human behaviour. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to value silence etc. This unity of opposites supports each other creating indissoluble connections. That's why looking on different aspects of compositions, subjects, colours, tones, textures we are able to name those contrasts and find 'the bridges' between those elements’. Since I moved to England in 2006, I have exhibited my works mainly in Europe, India, the US and Canada, which include: The ING Discerning Eye (UK), PABA International Photo Competition (Pakistan), NOA (UK), Hiii Photography (China), The Indian Photography Festival IPF (India), Berlin Foto Biennale (Germany), MIFA Photography Awards (Russia).
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Jakub Pasierkiewicz

Road signs


The inspiration for this series comes from an art movement, founded by Kazimir Malevich. Just as Suprematism focused mainly on basic geometric forms, such as circles, squares, lines, etc, my photographic compositions, which are full of cubist shapes, reflect a personal and simplified form of ‘Malevich’s grammar’. These photographs reveal the dialogue between dimensional forms that are found in the world surrounding us and advanced forms used in the art. Geometric abstractions, sometimes created as a result of pure coincidence or an unwitting intervention, constitute a specific form of coded information. Arranged in stable, architectonic compositions, these fundamental art forms of abstraction follow Malevich’s vision about the world’s only true reality: that of absolute non–objectivity.
Humanist, Psychologist at the Complutense University of Madrid He teaches photojournalism and documentary photography at the International School PICA He develops humanitarian essays where the main characters are integrated in societies that borders and sets upon any reason or human rights.
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Javier Arcenillas

Altiplano


The Bolivian Altiplano extends close to the 60 municipalities that make up the departments of La Paz, Oruro and Potosí. It is an arid, desolate and aggressive landscape, however, it hides unique natural riches. In this mountainous area in the west of the country most of the indigenous communities are concentrated. According to a 2012 census, it represents 40% of the total population: about 2.8 million people.
Karl Mancini (b.1978) is an Italian-Argentine documentary photographer based out of Rome and Buenos Aires. He studied photojournalism in New York at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Since 2001 he has worked in more than 90 countries, with a particular preference for Asia and South America, as a freelance photojournalist and writer, following socio-historical and political events and focusing on issues such as gender violence (to which he is working on since 12 years) war aftermaths, minorities, human rights, migration, the tragic story of landmines (to which he has dedicated years of work) . His longterm work 'Ni Una Menos' about the feminicide and the violence against women has been awarded, among others, at the Sony World Photography Award, Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, Days Japan International Photojournalism Award, Gomma Grant and Kolga Awards. His works have also been exhibited in USA, England, Russia, Australia, India, Japan, Italy, Spain, Greece, Canada, Switzerland and in many important international festivals, earning him several awards in many prestigious competitions. His stories have been featured in some of the most prominent magazines and newspapers from all over the world and he regularly collaborate with International NGOs and international magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Stern Magazin, Der Spiegel, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, CNN, Internazionale, El pais, El Mundo, Die Zeit, Courrier International, 6Mois, NZZ am Sonntag, Io Donna and many others. In 2014 he was selected as one of the Emerging European Talents by the online magazine LensCulture and was one of the finalists at Portfolio Italia-Fiaf. In 2015 he published a book, ITALIANSKIJ, about the Italian community in Crimea persecuted during the Stalinian Purges. From Jan,2014 to Feb,2017 he has collaborated with the Echo Photojournalism as staff photographer. He's currently freelance and he's working on violence against women extending his long term project 'Ni una Menos' to the other Latin American countries where the situation is alarming. At the same time he's working on an other long term 'La Linea Invisible' about life in the suburbs of South America through the eyes of the youngsters.
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Karl Mancini

LA REVOLUCION VERDE


Abortion in Argentine is illegal,as well as in the rest of Latin America,(with the exception of Uruguay and MexicoDF)exists only clandestinely.Argentina has3to5times more abortions in relation to the countries in which it's decriminalized.The percentage of abortion is3times higher than in USA and 5times than Sweden.The campaign of the green scarves has its beginnings in2003.A handful of feminists created it and supported it from the beginning.The debate approved at the Chamber of Deputies on June,13,2018lasted about 2months.By the Congress of the Nation exposed people in favor and against from the Ministry of Health of the Nation(in favor of legalization)to actresses,scientists,students,victims.On August,8,2018after 12hours of discussion,senators voted for clandestine abortion.On that day,2millions of women demonstrated in the streets claiming the right to decide on their own body.
Photographer was born in Ochamchire, Abkhazeti, Georgia Works in Tbilisi, Georgia Her photo In the Train won 1st place in the competition ClickIt2008, Great Britain, 2008; 3rd place Onto the Streets, competition-exhibition of works of Georgian and Britain photographers, 2004 Runner-up of Kolga Tbilisi Photo, 2003
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Lela Panchvidze

Shared Shots


We are interested in other’s written-drawn-photographed works. It is one of the reasons why we read and browse albums, magazines, photo books... I’ve always loved browsing, long before I learned to read, as if this is my inherited character. I love this process up to this day. Curiosity, watching, observing and taking photos – all these processes are merged in my mobile photo series Sheared Shots. When taking photos, I often notice that others are also photographing the same scenes or people; Sometimes, I’m interested in how others go about shooting. Merging these two processes I’m in a sense of flickering through what others have photographed, staying at the same time curious about their behavior.
I don't remember when I used a camera for the first time. I remember that as a child, wherever I went, I took with me one of those plastic cameras. One day, my father wanted to teach me how to use his camera: it was an analog Fuji SXT-2. And I started slowly. At the age of 15 he told me: «It's yours. Do what you have to do. Do what you want to do». In 2011 I took her to Berlin with my first digital SLR. In the meantime I had read some books and 3 years before I enrolled in the Faculty of Letters in Bari. I almost immediately left the Fuji and began to take an interest in politics, university struggles, the anti-racist and anti-fascist movement. I began to go to collectives, to create them, to see them die. I documented the Students Movement from 2008 to 2013, with demonstrations, anti-evinction pickets, unauthorized marches, the adrenaline of October 15th in Rome. In 2012 I buy my first smartphone and start making random photos. I took the train every day and started taking pictures of the passengers. I quit when I graduated three years ago. In the meantime I had slowly abandoned politics and everything else. Then I realized that all the photos taken on the trains and on the road with the phone maybe made sense, so I decided to organize them in a photo project. His name is "Landscapes". Thanks to the Internet, I have been able to make this project known to many people. Above on Instagram. In November 2016, after evaluating more than 86,000 photographers from all over the world, THE SMART VIEW MAGAZINE magazine (perhaps the most committed in the field of mobile photography) has included me among the 35 best mobile photographers in the world. In December 2016 Pierre Le Govic, director of the project Out Of The Phone (the first publishing house to print a photo book entirely with photos from mobile) has been interested in my project and has created a carnet de voyage with all my project, printed and edited in Paris. In February 2017, I was selected for a group exhibition at the Tevere Art Gallery in Rome, curated and printed by Luciano Corvaglia, probably the greatest Italian printer. In February, 2019, I've been selected for the "Smart photography - Be an artist today" exhibition by THE SMART VIEW in Mannheim, Germany Last year I have been shortlisted in the Mobile One Shot categories for the Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2018. One afternoon, Francesco Zizola (legendary italian photojournalist) told me: «Greetings of good light».
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Lorenzo Mangialardi

I entrust my soul to you


Three years ago, my mother Giovanna told us she had a breast cancer. I didn't want to believe it, the world fell on me. But in the same time, I told her that she was strong and brave, and that we would do everything to defeat the cancer. After chemotherapy, drugs, a surgery to remove a breast, the cancer remains there. On the contrary, he grows and moves, and he reaches the spine. Here, there a few metastasis. So, last year my mother is urgently operated on the spine. It was a very long and very difficult surgery. He risked total paralysis, but at time her spine is good and straight. But cancer is a difficult enemy to defeat, so she is still doing chemotherapy. I have photographed her and my family from the day of surgery. I hope I don't have to photograph anything anymore.
A freelance photojournalist. Master's degree in photojournalism, at the Faculty of Journalism of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2010-2015). Finalist of the contests "Lensculture B&W awards 2018", "Photomania 2013/2015", PDN Photo Annual 2013, "Silver Camera 2012/2014", "Young photographers of Russia 2014/2018", "The Best of Russia 2013/2018". Participant of photo exhibitions: V Biennale of Contemporary Photography (Russian Museum, St. Petersburg), The #Helloicp Project, New York (2015). Published in TakieDela.ru, Russian Reporter magazine, Novaya Gazeta, Snob magazine, Kommersant.ru, Esquire.ru.
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Mikhail Grebenshchikov

In a Police Truck


Policemen in a police truck is trying to pacify the arrested rally participant. During the rally named ”He is not a tsar to us». The day before president Vladimir Putin inauguration. Moscow, Pushkinskaya Square, 5 may 2018.
Simona Bonanno was born in Messina, Italy, in 1974. After obtaining her artistic High School degree in 1992, she studied in Paris (ESAG). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Italy in 1999. She has won international awards including Grand Prix de Découverte, APOY, Julia Margaret Cameron award. Her photographs have been included in several exhibitions in Europe and abroad and published on international magazines. She currently lives in Messina, working between Italy and Paris.
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Simona Bonanno

Une mémoire du 13


— A series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred on Friday, 13 November 2015 in Paris. 130 people were killed. Three groups of men launched six distinct attacks. At approximately 21:36, two gunmen fired shots for several minutes at the outdoor terrace of the restaurant La Belle Équipe on the rue de Charonne in the 11th arrondissement where it intersects the rue Faidherbe, before returning to their car and driving away. 20 people died. “Un mémoire du 13” is a diary of those days where commitments, enthusiasm, life, city, everything is stopped and frozen; Paris was empty, silent, motionless as we were, the “unaware survivors“. I walked over to La Belle Équipe, the coffee that counted 20 people victims.I was there the night before the attacks. I should have been sitting at its tables in the terrasse, that Friday night. But I did not. By sheer coincidence.