Sophia Tabatadze / CVitamin
My name is Sophia Tabatadze, I am an artist and curator. I was born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, and since 2008 I live in Berlin. At the age of 20, I went to study in Amsterdam, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree at the Rietveld Academy in 2002. At the age of 40, I completed a one-year course for curatorial training at CuratorLab, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. My practice is more of an autonomous artist in Europe and curatorial in Georgia (a country striving to belong to Europe whilst having its roots deep in Asia). My curatorial work is mainly, but not solely tied with an organization GeoAIR, that I have founded in 2003 in Tbilisi. My artistic topic has often been architecture, not so much as build environment but as a way to observe the human condition: architecture lives longer than human beings, while perfectly reflecting their condition and circumstances. I have shown my work internationally, I represented Georgia at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and participated in Istanbul Biennale in the same year. I also participated in Museum shows such as Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany, Tartu Museum, Estonia, Fine Arts Museum, Nantes, France; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Tbilisi History Museum, Georgia.
Personal Information
Date of Birth:19.03.1977
Place of Birth:Tbilisi, Georgia
Currently living:Berlin, Germany and Tbilisi, Georgia
2017-18CuratorLab, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
1997-2002Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (diploma obtained)
2002School Of Visual Arts, New York, USA (exchange program)
1996-1997Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Tbilisi, Georgia
1992-1996 Nikoladze Art College, Tbilisi, Georgia (diploma obtained)
Personal Exhibitions
2017“Forced Play” Santa Lucia gallery, Berlin, Germany
2013"F Words" Hoffmann Weiss, Berlin, Germany
2012"Limitations of Imitation" Mirta Demare Gallery and Tante Nino, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2009“From Flags to Flowers” Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
2008“All my re-Collections” Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2004“What we Thought Was a Wall Turned Out to Be a Curtain” Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2003“Self Portrait as Architecture” Lambert Tegenbosch gallery, Heusden, the Netherlands
2001“I Have to Prove Myself!” Josine Bokhoven gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1998“After a Year” Old Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
1997“Not For Sale” Old Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
Selected Group Projects, Exhibitions, Fairs, Screenings
2023"Cold Shelter / Schutzraum" Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, germany
2022“Face Your Fears” Tante Nino, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2021“Voids of Presence” Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin Germany
2021“Face Your Fears” Kaolin, Stockholm, Sweden
2018“Ask Alexandra”, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2016“True Story”, Bollhorst Gallery, Freiburg, Germany
2015“Aesthetics of Repair in Contemporary Georgia" at Tartu Museum, Estonia
2015 Premiere of Pirimze at "Visions Du Reel", Nyon, Switzerland
2012 "Are You Talking To Me?" at Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
2012 “Migrasophia” Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE
2011"Crosstime Stories", Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
2010"A Journey to the East" Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland and Mocak, Krakow, Poland
2010“Inventory” C.A.P. Kobe, Japan
2009“Frozen Moments” The Former Ministry of Highways, Tbilisi, Georgia
2009"Artisterium" 2nd Tbilisi International Art Exhibition Karvasla, Tbilisi, Georgia
2008 “Open Sky“ Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria
2008“Voyage a Tbilissi“ Fine Arts Museum, Nantes, France
2007"Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War", 10th International Istanbul Biennale, Turkey
2007“Humancon Undercon” Georgian pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy
Part Of Collections
2009 "Transitland" Video Art from Central and East
2008 "Artist Pention Trust"
2007"Opymos Collection"
Grants, Awards And Residencies
2012-09Basic Stipend from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB).
2008Residency grant from the Ernst Schering Foundation at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
2006Bemiddelaars Grant from Fonds BKVB.
2005Study trip to middle and Easter Europe Grant from Fonds BKVB
2004Starter Stipend Grant from Fonds BKVB
2004Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2002Starter Stipend Grant from Fonds BKVB
Working Experience
2008Guest teacher at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Masters program, Enschede, the Netherlands
2007-06Teacher at the Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Bachelors course, Tbilisi, Georgia
2005-04 Member of committee, Amsterdam Foundation for Art (AFK), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2003Founded and worked at GeoAIR, Projects, Archive and Residency, Tbilisi, Georgia