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David Meskhi

Press release

David Meskhi – Carpet Sunrise

David Meskhi’s childhood memories were shaped by sports—the gyms, athletic competitions, and training camps his father repeatedly took him to as a child and teenager. His father was (and still is) a coach as was his father, too. Everything revolved around sports—youth, training, the body, the competition mixed with health propaganda posters made by masters of soviet fine art—Meskhi’s photo albums and memories are full of such images and also form the basis of his artistic vocabulary. His final project at the arts academy in Tbilisi thus dealt with documentary photographs of gymnastic sport school as well as the later 2015 documentary film he co-directed, When The Earth Seems to be Light, focusing on the founding of the skater scene in Georgia, which began under very different conditions than the California movement in the 1970s.