Your photographic work often draws from ancient fairy tales and myths. What is it that draws you to these stories?
Dali specifically takes on Georgian pagan mythology, and juxtaposes this mythology with contemporary Christianity and patriarchy. What do you hope the message people will take from the project is?
Now, I don’t want to say anything about faith, religious people and their objects of worship. But the church in the history of mankind, besides its positive role, plays a negative one too. And, in a sense, the flaws of modern society and modern human relations are shaped by some rules, postulates, and restrictions imposed by the church. For me, the story of Dàli is in many ways an example of how we have drifted away from some of our initial cultural codes. And also a story of a change in attitude towards women, especially in patriarchal religious cultures.
So what came first? Your reflection on this problem? Or the the project triggered a set of thought about this topic?
Dali took almost a year of planning to put the project together. Share with us a little bit about the creative process and what goes into planning a photography project like this.
This is the first project in which I created with my own hands a mask. Designed and constructed a character with the help of my friend and assistant Timur Ivanov. This was my first experience of this kind: an entire character design.
You chose to use 4 x 5 film for this project. Can you tell us about your decision to use film instead of digital like some of your past projects?
What was the most difficult part of this project for you? And what has become the most valuable thing?
What’s next? Are you planning on doing any further projects in Georgia?
We would like to thank Andrew for taking the time to share with us the inspiration behind his project. Prints from this series are available as editions of 30 in our gallery. If you are interested in purchasing a print please contact us or visit our online gallery. International shipping is available.