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Monument in Gori: against Stalin in the nude

2011-02-10 16:21

13346.jpeg11 thin naked men will soon appear as decoration of the main square of the town of Gori, Stalin-Jugashvili's place of birth. The statuary group by celebrated Georgian sculptor now living in America Tamar Kvesitadze won the contest of projects announced by the Culture ministry after Joseph Vissarionovich was cast down. The author of the statue approaches the situation from a philosophical angle calling these miserable creatures "Vanitas Vanitarum".


11 thin bodies made of stone will be erected where Stalin monument once stood in his native town of Gori. The new group is supposed to symbolize a reproach to all "occupants" of Georgia - both Communists and current Russian leaders. These are victims of Stalin's repressions and victims of 2008 shelling, including Stan Storimans, a Dutch journalist who killed by fragment wounds.

The idea of this statuary group seems to lie on the surface. The tyrant made of bronze was knocked down on a car tire and taken away in the unknown direction. Pretenders to replace him are innocent victims of Communist regime and its current successor - Kremlin in full compliance with "200 years of Russian occupation" manual issued with Mikheil Saakashvili as president.

However, the author of the future monument Tamar Kvesitadze is used to shocking art critics with her view of the world. Look at her colloxen in Batumi.  "Love" sculpture represents a man and a woman made of iron with their bodies vibrating against each other in sync with waves.

Kvestisadze is a professional architect, not a sculptor who got famous as a designer of wonderful dolls, Irina Miridzhanashvili, an art critic told GeorgiaTimes.

She used to make dolls, then she made this huge sculpture in Batumi. Unfortunately, I didn't see it in its actual size - only a small copy at the exhibition. This is not a statue, it's an installation. I can't say about the genre, looks like synthesis. The work in miniature is marvelous: everything is fine - structure, technology, idea. And I don't know what she wants to set up in Gori. There are no more creative councils in Georgia like at the time of Shevarnadze and before when arts intelligentsia often held approval meetings when something new was set up. Now many art critics whose opinion can be reckoned with don't make decisions.

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