Vajiko Chachkhiani
(b. 1985, Georgia)
Vajiko Chachkhiani lives and works in Berlin. He studied Mathematics and Informatics at the Technical University, Tbilisi, before turning to Fine Art, which he studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, and Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions include GRA Glass Pavilion, Amsterdam (2009), Gallery Gala, Tbilisi (2011), BINZ39, Zurich (2012), The State Museum of Literature, Tbilisi (2013), and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany (2014). Group shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2011), Stedelijk Museum, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2011), Meet Factory, Prague (2012), Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art, Wolfsburg (2014), and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2015). Chachkhiani held a DAAD scholarship (2013), was awarded the prestigious 7th Rubens Promotional Award of the Contemporary Art Museum Siegen (2014), and was accepted for the ISCP Residency Program, New York (2016).
Winter which was not there explores the relationship between the historical and the personal and its impact on the psychological formation of an individual.

Set in sombre Georgian scenery, the film unfolds around a monumental statue resembling an archetypal historical figure (a poet or a politician), but in fact with similarities to the main character, a man with a dog. The statue is hoisted out of the sea and dragged behind a car through rural and urban landscapes until it vanishes completely. There are subtle references to such cinematic genres as the road movie, and contains vague connections between the protagonist and the situations flashing past the car window along the way. On the one hand uncanny and surreal, on the other profoundly familiar, the film implies a process of liberation from your own history as well from the historical circumstances while emphasizing the inner entanglement of the individual.
Vajiko Chachkhiani. Winter Which Was Not There, 2017 Video, 9' 00'' Co-produced by PinchukArtCentre
Profiles of 21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2017