Vajiko Chachkhiani’s work operates somewhere between the outside world and the human psyche, bringing the shadowy aspects of our Conditio humana to awareness through subtle and intriguing visual poetry. Frequently based on performances or transformative actions, many of his sculptures share an affinity to minimalism while at the same time being charged with narrative meaning. Through his sculptures and installations, he addresses psychological conditions such as loneliness, violence and angst, interweaving them with topics from religion, politics, literature, and poetry. Recurring themes in his work are conflict, culture/nature and the oscillation between the outer reality and the inner life of the individual being.
Vajiko Chachkhiani (born 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Tbilisi. A student of Prof. Gregor Schneider, he graduated from Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin, Germany, in 2013. After solo exhibitions at Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany (2014), and Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2016), his work was presented at the Georgian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. In recent years his work has been shown internationally, with solo exhibitions including Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany (2018) and Art Basel Unlimited (2019). Most recently, he completed his residency as a fellow at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, CA, USA, and will be participating in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney 2020.