Printing

01_FullSizeRender-10Printing of „Tamar, Where Are You?“ … check! Thank you Narayana Press in Odder, Denmark, for great work and service.
 
Last stop: binding – and in about two weeks time, we will have the book with the photographic works of Dina Oganova, Giorgi Shengelia, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Natela Grigalashvili, Tinatin Kiguradze, Vakho Khetaguri, Yuri Mechitov and myself – not to forget the great essays by Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili, Dato Turashvili and Giorgi Tabliashvili.

 

Proofing

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One more step before we go: the proofs have arrived and they look really good. So now, all we need to do is fix a date and then go to Narayana Press in Denmark to monitor the printing of our book „Tamar, Where Are You?“. Exciting times … 🙂

Project Update

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Tamar is coming to life, at least our book is … we’re almost there: the last proofreading has been finished, we’re now preparing the final document and are discussing dates with our printing partner. So it’s getting real, we’re on track to have the book in August.

And then … we’ll go on tour. We already received some great invitations to present the project and the book – in Frankfurt, during the book fair, but also in other cities and locations. So we created and extra site here where you’ll find all the dates from now on.

If you have additional ideas or would like to invite us to present the book – we’d be happy to hear from you!

Looking Back

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Yuri_19-05-89-n3Yuri Mechitov had his first photography exhibition in 1979. Ever since, he has been one of the most distinguished authors in Georgian photography – and a witness in what must have been the most tumultuous times in recent Georgian history: the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties of the last century.

In „Tamar, Where Are you?“ he’s sharing his impressions of this period.

God’s Own Country

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From desert to palm trees, mountains to plains – it’s amazing to find so many different topographies in such a small country. When you travel to Georgia for the first time, you will undoubtedly hear the story about how Georgians ended up on this beautiful land. There are different versions, but the idea is, that, when God divided the earth into countries, he called out for all people to come and stake their claims.

Once all was set and done and God wanted to relax, he discovered a man resting under a tree, who didn’t take part in the hustle and bustle before. When God asked him why he wasn’t interested in a homeland for himself, the man replied, he was happy the way things were and that he would be content with whatever God had in mind for him. Impressed by the friendliness and effortlessness, God offered him the paradise he had reserved for himself, which then would become Georgia.

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Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili

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Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili; Photo: Tinatin Kiguradze, from her project: „I will alway be“

Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili is a writer, translator, literary journalist and award-winning author of novels and short stories. When I met Ana last year on a warm and sunny September day in Tbilisi’s Vake district, it only took us a couple of moments to be on the same page – I told her about the book project, she talked about her ideas. About the Georgia of the past and the present.

And now I’m very happy to be able to share her beautiful essay „Lost Paradises“ in our book „Tamar, Where Are You?“.

Village Of The Mice

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Natela-Grigalashvili_fgfgfTagveti (“Village of the Mice” in English) is where Natela Grigalashvili was born and raised, and Village of the Mice is a personal project about memories of her village as it used to be. She left when she was 16, two years later she started photographing with a borrowed camera, and since then she has been photographing her village.

Natela Grigalashvili is one of the outstanding Georgian photographers sharing stories in Tamar, Where Are You? – and Village of the Mice is her story.

 

Crowdfunding For The Book

A book like „Tamar, Where Are You?“ always is a journey, from the first images to the idea to the finished product. And one never succeeds without the right traveling companions. For Tamar, we are lucky that we were able to already find some great supporters like the Georgian National Book Center, but there’s still quite a distance to the finish line, so we just started our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Have a look and maybe we can spark your interest – or you would like to spread the word and share the campaign, so that we can reach as many people as possible with our book.

Hippodrome In Saburtalo

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What used to be a place for the equestrian sports nowadays is a little paradise in the midst of Tbilisi traffic and construction crasziness, where people come to work out, practise rugby, walk their dogs – or just rest.

It’s in residential Saburtalo – and definitely worth a visit. Better now than wait too long, who knows whether it will survive or have to make way for even more real estate adventures.

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Samachablo

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Last week, news came that Syria had officially recognized Abkhazia and South-Ossetia as independent countries – a move that has been denounced by a wide array of countries from the western hemisphere.

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L1005098It is where I met Mikhael, David, Alexandra, Lasha and others of the movement. They told me about their cause, that they would be going to the occupation line every day to monitor military movements on the other side, to show presence – and to raise awareness for the situation. Their goal is to reach a point where there’s room for top-level political talks which should ultimately be leading to the unification of Samachablo with Georgia.

 

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The day ended with them demonstrating their conviction that Georgia should be even more integrated into western alliances – and with soft spoken Giorgi quietly sitting down, holding his smart phone to his ear listening to a Georgian song while his gaze reached out to the land that once was home to many of them.

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