Installation. Mannequin, fabric, threads, horns, paint, canvas, glass, wood, foam, plants, water, glass, strobe light, one channel video projection dimensions variable
Heritage international multimedia project at The Georgian National Museum. “Uta Bekaia has separated the theme of heritage from his personal experiences and discussed it in a universal context; therefore, dividing it into three layers of physical, intellectual and spiritual memories he has created an installation. The physical heritage is the focal point of the installation; the white figure in white dress momentarily catches the eye in a half lit grey hall. The white clay figures on the floor transform into round shapes on the dress, which at the end becomes a human body; this seems like a physical demonstration of the human body formation. The whiteness helps the generalization. It is intriguing to see the universal physical memory being personified in the female body. According to Uta the simple reality of having a female mannequin has stipulated this. However, for him the centre and the beginning of life is a woman, as the traditional symbol of lifecycle. The intellectual heritage is a cupboard with multiple drawers; the strange shapes climb out of. These are the neurons of the artist, the ones that store the information and transport it through the whole organism. Every one of them is unique, never repeating each other. The plants standing over the box resemble the biological side of the artwork; the bindweeds get jumbled up so that it is difficult to separate a single branch, it resembles the mechanism of the human brain and the condensed information. The same clay forms are hanging on the sidewall. This is the material that the mind could not grasp and classify into a box. ‘This is the information dried out in the air.”
Multimedia art project featuring works of Tato Akhalkatsishvili, Uta Bekaia, Irakli Bugiani, Levan Mindiashvili and Cristian Tonhaiser, Organized bycARTveli Art Foundation, in collaboration with Dash Arts and Rich Mix London. 2015
Heritage show at Richmix center,London
2014/15. mixed media installation, detail. Two embroidered, painted and rhine stoned tapestries, fabric sculpture with rhinestones, Tulle with appliqué and rhine stones, 210 x 340 x 50 cm.
“Uta Bekaia’s works are a study of traditions, biological, genetic heritage, everything we inherit on an unconscious level, without being influenced by historical events. His work Fua Sia Tata Sia is inspired by the Mingrelian spells performed by his grandmother. Bekaia, according to Levan, is fascinated by these traditions and value codes that are built into us by family rituals. This particular spell is reproduced exactly as performed by his grandmother, when in his child years Bekaia was loosing his tooth. The work is presented in two parts: a tapestry depicting the tooth and the embroidery of the spell with the letterings provided by Uta’s mother, word for word, as told to her by her mother. There is something incredibly sacred and full of energy about this work.”
thank you Katerina Zherebtsova
Uta Bekaia, Fuasia Tatasia, 2014/15. mixed media installation, detail. Two embroidered, painted and rhine stoned tapestries, fabric sculpture with rhinestones, Tulle with appliqué and rhine stones, 210 x 340 x 50 cm.