Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2019

Oct, Nov, Dec

Vajiko Chachkhiani | Visual Artist

Vajiko Chachkhiani | Image: Peter-Paul Weiler
Vajiko Chachkhiani | Image: Peter-Paul Weiler
born in Tbilisi, Georgia

Vajiko Chachkhiani lives and works in Berlin and Tbilisi. He studied mathematics and informatics at the Technical University Tbilisi and then attended the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin. Since 2013 he has had numerous exhibitions, including the solo show "Both" at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen and "Many Lives Passing Through While Imitating Death"in 2015. The latter was an outdoor installation at Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin, a collaboration with the Neue Berliner Räume, and Freie Universität, Berlin. In 2017, his work was shown in two group exhibitions at the Hamburger Kunsthalle: "WAITING. Between Power and Possibility "and" wieder und wider". in 2018, his solo exhibition "Heavy Metal Honey" was presented in the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn. 
In 2017, he presented "Living Dog Among Dead Lions" in the Georgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, curated by Julian Heynen. Vajiko Chachkhiani was awarded the Rubens Promotional Award in 2017 and is currently nominated for the Kunstpreis Böttcherstraße 2018, for a show at Kunsthalle Bremen. He is represented by Daniel Marzona, Berlin

Chachkhiani’s work includes films, sculptures, performances, photographs, and large-scale installations.

Vajiko Chachkhiani’s overall compositions stand out for their narrative density revealing various fibers, woven into a compact fabric. They are asking the existential questions about life, our perception and the culture of remembering, and do this at a delicately balanced intersection between reality, the outer world and our human psyche.