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Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen

Vajiko Chachkhiani


On October 26, 2014, Vajiko Chachkhiani (born 1985) recieves the 7th Rubens Promotional Award of the City of Siegen in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen. In conjunction with the award celebration the exhibition “Both” opens.

Vajiko Chachkhiani's art touches upon life's existential questions. A concrete block with cut off hair as the leftovers of a performance, an oppressively overheated room with high humidity, charred trees as witnesses of the war that raged in his home country Georgia – his sculptures, installations, and performances raise questions about human nature and the history and conflicts connected to it. Traces of human activities and changes through time are visualized emphatically using materials such as traded personal effects, wax, or water. Chachkhiani's work is persuasive because of its  incomparable interpenetration of various artistic media. The different points of view on human life emphasize life's preciousness and affects viewers directly.

Vajiko Chachkhiani was born 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He originally began studying mathematics and computer science, before turning to art. Since 2009 he has been living in Berlin, where he studied at the Berlin University of the Arts until 2013 under Gregor Schneider.

4 Works in the collection