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Scarlet Window (Tbilisi) 

2018
wine, tempered glass, stainless steel, wood frame

dimensions variable
Installation view at Gldani, Tbilisi, Georgia
Photo: Enric Duch

 

Double glazed glass, with red wine encased within, is set into the window frame of an apartment in the micro-district of Gldani. The horizontal line created by the surface of the liquid overlaps with the horizon of the Tbilisi landscape outside, turning the view wine red.

 

Georgia is said to be the birthplace of wine, which is believed to have been made here for over 8,000 years. Wine has been strongly associated with religion and mythology throughout human history. It symbolises the blood of Jesus Christ in the Christian tradition and figures such as Dionysius and Bacchus of ancient Greek and Roman myth, who appear as visual motifs in art, architecture and sculpture. Although essentially just fermented grape juice, people have been somehow attracted by its unique colouring and have projected metaphysical thoughts onto it throughout the ages. I would like to invite the audience to view the landscape of Tbilisi through the noble filter of red wine. In doing so, I wish to overlap Georgia's past with a new landscape, where nature and humanity are united.