Born 1971, Tbilisi, Georgia
Lives and works in Luxembourg
Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art, Amsterdam 1994-1997
Academy of Art of Tbilisi 1990-1994
Spescial School of Art of Tbilisi 1986-1990
The Universe in its holistic essence is the focus of the research of the artist according to whom we all belong to a unique system, to a “big organism” imagined as a kind of complex, interrelated chain, of which we, and everything around us, are a part. Trying to see beyond what we can perceive with our eyes, going beyond the vision of the world as we use to know, the artist researches the innumerable similarities between the infinitely big and the infinitely small within matter. The two “worlds” look as though they mirror one another. The more we know matter and understand its complexity which escapes us at a simple glance, the more the infinitely small leads us to the universe. Discovering infinite worlds within our every-day surroundings leads the artist to believe that there are other parallel realities in time and space.
Irina Gabiani works with drawing, painting, installation, video and performance.
Her works have been shown in USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Albania, Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Syria, South Africa, Macao, South Korea, China and India.
In 2011, Irina Gabiani’s works have been presented at the 54th Biennale di Venezia – Italian Pavilion at the Arsenale.
“.. Irina Gabiani … manipulates works made of sculpture, performance, drawing, photography and video. It is a long reasoning on forces and matters, visible and invisible, that compose life and human beings. Being they objects or metaphorical theatrical representations, to which the video gives the features of a demiurgic parable. …” (from Olga Gambari, Video Dia Loghi 2007, Catalogue)