Interview: Maka Kiladze
Luca Curci talks with Maka Kiladze during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Maka Kiladze is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural manager, with experience in visual and performance arts. Currently, she is a founder and artistic director of Circe – Experimental Platform for Dance and Theatre in Tbilisi, Georgia. As an artist, Maka is working in different mediums. She participated in various group exhibitions (“Future Memory” Garikula, “Tbilisi Perspective” Hamburg, “Who is that I, who can say I” Silk Museum, “Multifunctional Materials”, etc.) and had solo exhibitions – WoMan in the framework of 3rd Tbilisi Triennial, Always Aleph in Warehouse gallery. Maka is also creating and directing short film productions (Brain Bank, Magicians of the Black Sea, Meeting with Androgen). Currently, along with her artistic practices and managing Circe Platform, Maka is working on the alternative cultural guide of the city Tbilisi “11 points” in collaboration with National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. Furthermore, she is beginning to implement a new experimental social project, “My Rooftop”, in partnership with Tbilisi Saburtalo District Municipality.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Maka Kiladze – It is my personal growing pathway.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MK – I’m currently working on the solo exhibition “In dog we trust”, which consists of contemporary drawings created with an ancient Georgian technique (natural stones and minerals), that was used to paint murals in temples in Georgia.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MK – My inspirations are alphabets (Hebrew alphabet and Georgian scripts), numbers and numerology.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MK – It is very challenging to constantly change materials and also to use new technologies to create my artworks. However, for me, this is the way to experiment and I don’t complain about it – usually, I succeed.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MK – I pursue and reflect on the theme of alphabet and numerology in my creations. As for the subject, my favourite one is the stone my daughter found on the coast of the Black Sea this summer and gave me as a present. The stone has the Ayin symbol, a Hebrew letter on it. Ayin is the sixteenth letter of the Semitic abjads and its numeric value is 70. Instead, my favourite Georgian alphabet is Asomtavruli with the letters Ani – meaning moon, Oni which represents the circle and the rotation of the earth around the sun, and Tchari which looks like the Latin letter S and is the symbol of infinity. As you might have guessed, my favourite numbers are 1, 13, 22, 16, 7, and 14.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MK – Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the festival, however, the general vision of the theme is very interesting indeed.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MK – The concept of the Brain Bank evolves around the notion of body in motion, its structure and uses it as a way of expression. Thus, this experimental short movie fits perfectly into the festival’s theme.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MK – It is important that the platform gives opportunities to artists with different practices to present their works to the wider audience.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MK – Yes, communication was good.