In Shengelia’s work an ordinary place can carry different meanings: it is both a place of reflection, and a reflection of inner attitude and position. Shengelia offers this physical spaces to be inhabited my the viewer, as a refuge for contemplation.
Shengelia’s darkroom’s physical space merges and incorporates his internal emotional space and becomes a place of experiments and creation. Shooting itself becomes a secondary process. The main process starts with identifying the internal condition, and then already inside the darkroom transmitting this emotion onto the print – and if the print’s range allows it, doing it again and again, letting a single negative tell many stories with many layers of emotion.
Thus the same picture is printed and experimented on twice, 3 times, 10 times, and each time a new photograph emerges. In Shengelia’s work the photograph becomes a physical object, meant to be touched and felt, it is void of artistic canon, and serves only an emotional purpose.
Giorgi Shengelia’s family album got burned in a fire. Recreating an authentic sentimental feeling of family archive, but with modern form and concept, became the main inspiration behind his return from painting to photography, and from photography to his new creative kingdom – the darkroom.
Shengelia’s experimental series “accidental portraits” creates a new kind of “family album” with new kinds of “portraits.” It is the portraits of different fleeting sentiments, emotions, ephemeral feelings where nature, birds, oceans and forests effortlessly talk about our universal emotions.
Shengelia spends most of his time inside the darkroom, hours after hours the process of printing becomes a kind of meditation. He uses multi-grade and experimental silver gelatin bleach chemicals to balance the print.
Giorgi Shengelia was born in 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2012 he relocated to Florence and studied photography and photojournalism at the Marangoni Institute. Starting with documentary projects like “four rooms’ ‘ about Georgian immigrant community in Italy, he soon moved back to Georgia focusing more on independent photo projects, later turning to painting.
For Giorgi Shengelia – who’s family album got burned in a fire, recreating authentic sentimental feeling of family archive, but with modern form and concept became the main inspiration behind his return from painting to photography , and from photography to his new creative kingdom – darkroom. Shengelia spends most of his time inside the darkroom, hours after hours the process of printing becomes a kind of meditation. He uses multi-grading, experimental silver gelatin and ink jet printing and later bleach chemicals to balance the print .
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