In December Women’s Fund and art organisation Geoair have held an exhibition Unlimited Possibilities. The tandem of the two organisations might be surprising for the people who do not know the Geoair well enough. A team of enthusiasts aim at tackling the social problems with the help of art. Their 10 years old biography is full of exciting projects directed at awakening the Georgian society. Hence, the very last one was not an exclusion. The Women’s Fund had found several women with different disabilities willing to get qualification and start a career. The exposition put together by the Geoair team was composed of artists who agreed to donate their work for such an important cause. This act of charity is particularly important, as the raised money won’t be a singular help, rather a means of putting these women back into the reality of the country. Moreover, it acts as a great precedent for other people who thought they were destined for a lifetime in the dark of their apartments. Unfortunately, this is the grim reality of Georgian life for people with disabilities in there. As Nino Chubinishvili, one of the participating artists has cleverly noted, the society that shuts these people is disabled and dysfunctional rather than these people.
Juna Godishvili, 31
Juna wants to advance her knowledge of English and then tutor the elementary school children. She has completed the accounting and computer courses and has an experience of working in various NGOs, even though having a Marfan syndrome.
Marina Gogoberishvili has been in a wheelchair for some time already; she has met her husband (also in a wheelchair) in the rehabilitation centre. They have a daughter together. Already in a wheelchair, Marina entered the faculty of physics and mathematics in the university and later transferred to the faculty of fine arts. Last year she participated in the beauty contest where a girl in the wheelchair made her hair and make up.
Nana Samushia is 26 and she is the member of “Woman and Reality”. By profession she is a designer. Nana is diagnosed with the total monoplegia of the upper right limb. Nana sews, embroiders, knits, paints. Ana Zakhvatova and Natela Gamidova are also members of “Woman and Reality” and are among those people who wish to learn Knitting, embroidery and sewing. Ana has the left lower limb poliomyelitis and Natela has the spine trauma.
These women are heroes that despite the indifference and negligence on behalf of society do not lose the optimism and still manage to look forward to future.
Geoair has contacted the artists they cooperate with and find interesting; some of them are quite well known and widely admired (Yuri Mechitov, Karaman Kutateladze, Mamuka Japaridze)
Lado Pochkhua and Murtaz Shvelidze have donated art from their recent exhibitions.Others, like Luka Akimidze are the newcomers to the field. The project has its website where the story of these women as well as the catalogue for the art is available. It is also possible to purchase the art online, which for Georgia is yet another innovatory idea. The art enthusiasts are given a chance to buy some amazing art for quite reasonable prices and also feeling their social responsibility fulfilled. The sale will go on for a month.
Moreover, it is a great innovation for the Georgian art market to have an opportunity to shop online for art. I sincerely hope any of the local galleries adopts the idea and starts selling online.
Some of the art from the catalogue:
Nino Chubinishvili (Chubika)
HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE PROJECT, THERE YOU CAN FIND THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PURCHASING ART: http://unlimitedabilities.wordpress.com/