until 19.04. | #3793ARTatBerlin | Galerie Kornfeld presents from 4. March 2023 the exhibition Allow by the artist David Meskhi.
With the exhibition allow, David Meshki continues his observation of movement, which has been ongoing for many years. For the first time, he brings together images from several groups of works and exhibits his own work in relation to each other.
Aesthetic references to the world of glossy fashion photography and Technicolor-era colour in film go back to his early childhood. Growing up in the 1980s in Georgia, which was still part of the Soviet Union, his access to this very aesthetic was very limited. His father, however, was coach of the national gymnastics team and therefore travelled to many countries. Travelling was still a privilege at that time. From global tournaments, the father brought back brochures, magazines and sometimes films, which would open up the world of meshki. In this way, the boy gained insight into other points of view.
David Meskhi, Diiv, 2021, Archival pigment print on baryta paper, 120 x 85 cm
The West became a place of longing. And the athletic bodies of the “flying” became the projection surface of an ideal propagated in the USSR. Since the beginning of his artistic activity, these elements have been recognisable. The artist takes freedom and youthful light-heartedness literally; he lets his protagonists float. As if in a dream, they seem to fly above the gymnasiums, at peace with themselves. In the documentary “When the Earth Seems to Be Light” (2015), which Meshki shot together with Salome Machaidze and Tamuna Karumidze, this seemingly endless world full of possibilities and simultaneous hopelessness is captured.
David Meskhi, Dune, 2021, Archival pigment print on baryta paper, 40 x 28,5 cm
He exchanged the documentary view for the free and open perspective of the artist. Meshki is no longer interested in accuracy and the attempt to depict reality, but in an inner state. The exploration of one’s own fragility and identity. The desire to return to the early light-heartedness that was felt above all in youth and adolescence. The question of masculinity and different ways of life, escapism and idealism. In patriarchally shaped Georgia, masculinised forms of habitus are still more deeply rooted than they are in the global West. It is not by chance that the dreamer David Meshki shows a moon in the exhibition. As a child, his father encouraged him to jump on the trampoline, telling him that if he jumped high enough, he could touch the moon and be free.
David Meskhi, Flowerhead, 2021, Archival pigment print on baryta paper, 40 x 28,5 cm
David Meskhi (1979, Tbilisi, Georgia) graduated in photography from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University in Tbilisi in 2005. Early in his career, he worked as a photographer for the most important Georgian cultural magazines, and his work was represented in the collection of the Georgian House of Photography. His work has been exhibited in countless solo and group shows, including Paris Photo 2019, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, the Braunsfelder Family Collection in Cologne, the Calvert22 Foundation in London, the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest, the Kunstverein Freiburg and the Biennale de la Photographie de Mulhouse. In 2024, he will open a solo show at Museum xxx in France. David Meskhi lives and works in Tbilisi and Berlin.
Opening: Saturday, 4. March 2023, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 4. March – Wednesday, 19. April 2023To the Gallery
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