Curatorial Projects

Exhibition project within the framework of the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO Festival 2024

2024 / THE POLAR SILK ROAD by Gregor Sailer


In recent years, Gregor Sailer has focused on the area around the North Pole. Here, too, it is the extreme excesses of human activity that prompted Sailer to travel to the far north on several occasions to photograph what remains largely hidden.Five countries border the Arctic Ocean: Denmark (through Greenland), Canada, Norway, Russia, and the United States. Finland, Iceland and Sweden also have territorial areas. The region is populated by indigenous peoples, albeit very sparsely due to the severely adverse living conditions. Three maritime routes allow a crossing of the Arctic Ocean, depending on the season and the extent of the ice cover. But the melting of the sea ice is set to create a shorter trade route in the future, the so-called Polar Silk Road, providing access to new raw material deposits (natural gas and oil). Countries inside and outside the Arctic are already asserting their claims.During a long preparatory phase Gregor Sailer not only researched those locations that were particularly exciting thematically, geographically and visually, but he also took on the laborious and often tedious task of obtaining the necessary access authorisations. Armed with the requisite permits and at least 25 kg of photographic equipment, Gregor Sailer repeatedly set out on photographic expeditions of several days to military bases, research facilities, ports, and oil and gas production sites. In Sailer’s photographs, utopia and dystopia are never far apart. For all their sobriety, these calm and concentrated photographs are nonetheless highly charged with content, yet many of these places seem like launching ramps to nowhere. There are close ties between Arctic exploration and the early days of photography. When explorers set out to reconnoitre this unknown region of the world during the second half of the 19th century, photographers were always part of the expedition. Gregor Sailer is therefore following a long photographic tradition. Here, too, he uses a large-format analogue camera that is not reliant on cold-sensitive batteries. With The Polar Silk Road, Sailer has pulled off a major photographic achievement which, accompanied by essays by experts from various fields, gives us a deep insight into this region, one that is extremely important both economically and militarily as well as scientifically.

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2024 / NO FENCE - Borderless Neighborhood

Excerpt from my laudatory speech at the opening of the exhibition of photographer Jennifer Zumbusch:

"In times like these, the meaning of the border takes on a different dimension. After years of striving for unification, at least in Europe, in recent years some countries and people have been looking for separation and demarcation, for a way to distance themselves from others, from their neighbors, from "the foreigners" in general. But man is not an island, and even a country as an island is not just an island. (...)

Jenny and her family have lived in this special compound for several years. She is part of the community and explores the neighborhood, the people and the places with her loving photographic eye. (...)


In addition to various portraits of the residents of the estate, Jenny captures everyday moments and combines them with impressions of the surroundings, which are wonderfully composed in terms of color and graphics and invite the viewer to immerse themselves in this special world. (...)


„No Fence“ is a visual ballad to successful neighborhoods, to the closeness of people from different cultures and backgrounds, encouraging us that peaceful coexistence is possible even in our turbulent times.

No fence was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW


The exhibition runs until March 8 at the UN Campus Bonn. 


If you are interested to visit the exhibition, please contact Jenny:

2023 / 55 Minutes - Exhibition by FREIFRAUEN Remscheid

Excerpt from the press release:

Our  exhibition uses a variety of artistic means to commemorate the "Night of the Bombs in Remscheid" 80 years ago - especially the more than a thousand victims who lost their lives and the immense devastation that left a lasting mark on the cityscape in the aftermath.

FREIFRAUEN REMSCHEID currently consists of 10 women from different countries and walks of life. Among them are both long-established and newly immigrated Remscheid women who are between 30 and 75 years old and have different biographies and professional backgrounds. One thing unites them all: a love of art and peace. 


The FREIFRAUEN emerged from the Friday art course for women at the Remscheid Music and Art School, which has been led by Teona Gogichaishvili since 2017.


Ms. Gogichaishvili conceived and realized the project "55 Minutes" together with the FREIFRAUEN. The exhibition includes several large-scale canvases: Paintings and collages, together with a large-format fabric from the time of World War 2, painted with over 1000 abstracted faces - a kind of death masks, representative of the victims of the "night of bombing in Remscheid" in July 1943, which almost destroyed the entire city in just 55 minutes.


Participating artists: Akkiz Aynacioglu, Aynur-Subhan Gunebakan, Elina Borbas, Edith Busch, Ebru Günay, Britta Hoffmann, Hannelore Marquard, Tatia Megrelishvili, Maggy Schulz and Svitlana Chernetskaya.


The exhibition was opened on July 27 at the Remscheid City Library and will run until August 19.

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On June 17 at 5:30 pm in the  Deichtorhallen Auditorium


Exhibition projects within the framework of the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO Festival 2023

2023 / FOTOFEST REVIEWED - Group Exhibition

Curatorial Team: Manfred Zollner and Teona Gogichaishvili


Participating artists: Judy Haberl/USA, Meital Dor/Israel, Dongwook Lee/South Korea, Nuno Papp/Brasil,

Aimee McCrory/USA, Tom „TBow“ Bowden/USA, Xuan-Hui Ng/Singapore, Richard Sharum/USA, Rita Leistner/Canada, Jamey Stillings/USA 


Museum of Modern Art Tbilisi

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2023 / BEING SYMPHONY - Three Czech Photographers in Dialogue

Gabriela Sauer Kolčavová, Jaroslav Pulicar  and Vojtěch V. Sláma

Curator: Teona Gogichaishvili


Gallery Fotoatelier Tbilisi

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2022 / Hillerbrand+Magsamen, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles

An exhibition project within the framework of Ten by Ten: Ten Reviewers Select Ten Portfolios from the Meeting Place

2020–21 artists                                                                         

On view: September 26–November 12, 2022


The Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer St., Houston, TX 77007

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s practice utilizes collaboration, process and media experimentation through video, photography, installation, sculpture and interdisciplinary performance. They explore their relationships to each other and society with an uncanny sensibility that merges the real and unreal, blurring boundaries between life and art and often includes their two children, Maddie and Emmett. 


Selected by: Teona Gogichaishvili
Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia

About our exhibition "Georgia times differently" in "Bergische Morgenpost" / October 24, 2022

2022                                                                                                                                                                                                              Exhibition project "Georgia times differently" - Two photographers with different focus on the road in Georgia

Curated by Teona Gogichaishvili 


With works of Gerd Krauskopf and Mikheil Kurdadze


Mikhail Kurdadze, winner of this year's KOLGA Photography Award in the category "Special Distinction" presents his artistic work entitled: 

Another Planet Seems to be Too Close to Me. 

Mikheil writes about this work including the following, "As a child, my worst nightmare was that other planets - whether celestial bodies or other, metaphorical bodies - were too close to me. I could almost feel their presence pressing on my own body...."

The landscapes of Vashlovani, in the Kakheti region of eastern Georgia, seem like they are from another world, reflecting Mikheil's sensations...

The Remscheid photojournalist Gerd Krauskopf approaches Georgia in a very different way - as an experienced traveler and photographer, who portrays the lives of ordinary people and their lifestyles with love and respect, and brings Georgian culture closer to the German audience in a special way. 


Aus Gerd Krauskopfs Fotoserie für die Ausstellung "Georgien mal anders".

Frauenchor "Qalau" in der Küche mit Lili auf der Panduri, einer dreisaitigen Zupfmuschel-Langhalslaute, und Frauen, die bei der Arbeit in der Küche zu alten georgischen Volksliedern tanzen.


About our KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2022 Festival in "Bergische Morgenpost"

Photos & Text by Gerd Krauskopf

Exhibition projects within the framework of the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO Festival 2022

Michael von Graffenried: Our Town, a closer look at the United States today 

Curatorial Team: Gregor Beltzig and Teona Gogichaishvili

Tbilisi History Museum/GE


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Stephen Shames: Black Panther Party

Curatorial Team: Teona Gogichaishvili and Gregor Beltzig 

Tbilisi History Museum/GE


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Lara Micheli: Extrasystoles

Curatorial Team: Teona Gogichaishvili and Gregor Beltzig 

ROOMS, Tbilisi


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How to be/see a Woman - Guided Screening                                                                                                                                        A video project by purpur collective: Teona Gogichaishvili, Antonia Loick and Inga Schneider                                                                                                            Tbilisi History Museum/GE


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How to be/see a Woman

A video project by purpur collective



• The video brings together positions of female photographers who in their current works deal with the topic ‘being a woman

and the representation of women in photography’ and who are involved in this topic in the frame of their artistic work.

• In this project we will show twelve internationally diverse statements regarding different aspects, such as:

traditional role models, family and mother-child-relationship, youth and gender, social and political effects.

• We founded the collective purpur in 2018 to promote the visibility of women in art photography

• Curatorial Team: Inga SchneiderAntonia Loick & Teona Gogichaishvili

• With: Ulla Deventer, Ghana/Germany, Anna Ehrenstein, Albania/Germany, Jennifer Greenburg, USA, Lebohang Kganye, South-Africa, Csilla Klenyánszki, Hungary, Pixy Liao, China/US, Francesca Magistro, Italy/Germany, Cecylia Malik, Poland, Hollie McNish, United Kingdom, Dina Oganova, Georgia, Mika Sperling, Germany,  Sandra Stein, Germany

purpur collective: Teona Gogichaishvili, Antonia Loick, Inga Schneider

Guided screening, Unser Ebertplatz, Cologne, September 2021

Photos by Sandra Stein

Exhibition projects within the framework of the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO Festival from 2011 to 2020  SELECTION


Finbarr O'Reilly: DAKAR FASHION

Curator: Teona Gogichaishvili

Museum of Modern Art Tbilisi/GE

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Curatorial Team: Teona Gogichaishvili & Nino-Ana Samkharadze

Museum of Modern Art Tbilisi/GE




Curatorial Team: Teona Gogichaishvili & Gregor Beltzig

Tbilisi City Hall/GE




Curatorial Team: Gregor Beltzig & Teona Gogichaishvili

Art Palace, Tbilisi/GE



Jan Grarup: And Then There was Silence

Curatorial Team: Teona Gogichaishvili & Gregor Beltzig

Tbilisi History Museum/GE


Curatorial Projects

Within the framework of the Frankfurt Book Fair - Guest of Honour Georgia 2018


THE FUTURE IS OURS - German and Georgian Positions on Youth Culture with: David Meskhi, Sera Dzneladze, Carmen Catuti, Isadora Tast, Sandra Stein, Nicola Wilke and Stephan Lucka, Fabian Weiß, Dina Oganova, Giorgi Nebieridze

Curatorial Team: Teona Gogichaishvili & Inga Schneider

Atelier Frankfurt/DE




Guram Tikanadse - THE OTHER SOVIET MAN - Photographs 1950 - 1960

Curatorial Team: Beso Khaindrava & Teona Gogichaishvili

Ausstellungshalle Frankfurt/DE





As Part of the Photoszene Festival Cologne

With:Tamara Bokuchava, Gogita Bukhaidze, Dirk Gebhardt, Anka Gujabidze, Ketevan (alias Qeta) Gvinepadze, Marie Hudelot, Horst Kistner, Marc Lathuillière, David Magnusson, Albin Millot, Miki Nitadori, Dina Oganova, Richard Petit, Hans Petri, Selina Pfrüner, Miriam Ruisseau, Giorgi Tsagareli, Jürgen Wassmuth, Luca Zanier  

Curatorial Team: Janine Koppelmann/Kunstwerk Nippes & Teona Gogichaishvili

ARTRMX e.V. Cologne/DE



Georgian-German Culture Festival SUPRA

Curatorial Team: Olaf Scheller & Teona Gogichaishvili

Künstlerhaus Faktor, Hamburg/DE


Our exhibition uses a variety of artistic means to commemorate the "Night of the Bombs in Remscheid" 80 years ago - especially the more than a thousand victims who lost their lives and the immense devastation that left a lasting mark on the cityscape in the aftermath. 

Something personal about me

° What do I like to deal with: reading, daydreaming, endless research... 

° What interests me besides photography, art, film, music and literature: astronomy

° What else would I have liked to become: astronaut

° How to move: I have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for eight years 

° What I always miss: The eternal summer at my grandparents' house in Guria, in western Georgia 

° What am I doing secretly: writing

° Guilty pleasure: Some musical sins of the '80s and '90s and "Mon chéri"

° The love of my life: Luka and Shio

° What else matters: Friends who know how I am and still love me 

Anything else

° I love to communicate with people, to develop ideas together, to connect different cultures

° In my workshops, seminars and portfolio reviews I prefer to pick people up where they stand and support each individual to go their own way

° I'm especially interested in artistic and documentary photography. The topics of origin, emigration, young positions and women in photography and art are especially in my focus

° My artistic works are mostly conceptual, partly autobiographical, at the moment a mixture of text and image. I like to work with analogue technology and experiment with the alternative process

Photo by Luka Gogichaishvili, NYC 2023