Sofi Mdivnishvili
Photographer

I was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 27th march, 1996. I’ve finished Tbilisi State University – faculty of English philology. My interest in photography started 3 years ago, because of the analogue cameras and since then I use only them for my photos. In the process of shooting film taught me how to think and chose something that is more important for me. I have tried several genres and I felt myself more comfortable at nudity, so it is already 6 months I shoot only nudes. At the same time I found out that there are particularly no women photographers in Georgia at this field. And because of no trust from girls to men photographers this genre is dead here. So I used my gender as a weapon which connected me to many brave girls.

As in most post-soviet countries also in Georgia nudity is still regarded as a shame and it is not considered as a part of art. I never identify my models and it is particularly impossible from photos because I never take their faces, or they are always covered. This problem takes place from the society who lived in USSR for a longtime and even today some young people stick you sort of a bad label when you are different or want to express yourself as you are. At first I had resistance from my mom, but with the long talks and explanation she is one of my fans today.

It is easy to memorize someone with a face, but in my case it is like introducing to someone with body parts. Every body is a new story, with its own lines and marks and I always try to read them correctly to retell these stories to others with the help of photography. The process is really interesting because when I shoot someone it is my first appointment with her. So my pictures are the result of my first expression about their body as it is for the viewer of my pictures.

I want people to see that bodies can be non-sexualized that with keeping nude pictures we make them to be considered as something special, then that causes over-sexualization stranger’s bodies.

Body is a domain of exploration which is the shell of the soul at the same time and everyone must feel themselves comfortable in this zone.

I can firmly say that I changed some peoples’ opinions about this theme at least around me but I believe that with the help of me even time will change everything.

Sofi Mdivnishvili
Photographer

I was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 27th march, 1996. I’ve finished Tbilisi State University – faculty of English philology. My interest in photography started 3 years ago, because of the analogue cameras and since then I use only them for my photos. In the process of shooting film taught me how to think and chose something that is more important for me. I have tried several genres and I felt myself more comfortable at nudity, so it is already 6 months I shoot only nudes. At the same time I found out that there are particularly no women photographers in Georgia at this field. And because of no trust from girls to men photographers this genre is dead here. So I used my gender as a weapon which connected me to many brave girls.

As in most post-soviet countries also in Georgia nudity is still regarded as a shame and it is not considered as a part of art. I never identify my models and it is particularly impossible from photos because I never take their faces, or they are always covered. This problem takes place from the society who lived in USSR for a longtime and even today some young people stick you sort of a bad label when you are different or want to express yourself as you are. At first I had resistance from my mom, but with the long talks and explanation she is one of my fans today.

It is easy to memorize someone with a face, but in my case it is like introducing to someone with body parts. Every body is a new story, with its own lines and marks and I always try to read them correctly to retell these stories to others with the help of photography. The process is really interesting because when I shoot someone it is my first appointment with her. So my pictures are the result of my first expression about their body as it is for the viewer of my pictures.

I want people to see that bodies can be non-sexualized that with keeping nude pictures we make them to be considered as something special, then that causes over-sexualization stranger’s bodies.

Body is a domain of exploration which is the shell of the soul at the same time and everyone must feel themselves comfortable in this zone.

I can firmly say that I changed some peoples’ opinions about this theme at least around me but I believe that with the help of me even time will change everything.

  • Gregory Crewdson: Retrospective
    May 29 – Sep 8, 2024
    Albertina
    Wien, Austria
    Gregory Crewdson (*1962, Brooklyn) is one of the world’s most renowned photographers. Since the mid-1980s, Crewdson has been using the backdrop of small American towns and film sets to create, like a director, technically brilliant and colourfully seductive photographs that focus on human isolation and the abysses of society. The enigmatic scenes self-reflexively raise questions about the boundary between fact and fiction but can also be related to socio-political developments. (more…)
  • Georg Kussmann: FRG
    Publication
    MACK
    International
    The German dramatist Heiner Müller observed that German history lies as if smothered by a rheumatism blanket: beneath there is warmth and stagnation, just enough to give the impression all is well, while the peripheries are freezing. Georg Kussmann’s photographs in FRG were created under this metaphoric blanket. Made in the Federal Republic of Germany over a single summer, they depict everyday scenes of life, work, and leisure (more…)
  • Ian Waelder: Here not today
    Apr 18 – Jun 9, 2024
    Super Super Markt
    Berlin, Germany
    I. Language We could say that this exhibition begins with the artist’s daily walk to buy the newspaper at a kiosk. In his book The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau describes the city as a text shaped by the people who walk in it daily. A vast text we write with our steps but cannot read – “the networks of these moving, intersecting writings compose a manifold story that has neither author nor spectator (more…)