Hatice Pinarbasi and Zinaïda Tchelidze present a duo exhibition of painting and performance that delves into the parallel worlds of resident artists in confinement, zoo animals in captivity, and the ghosts of the monastery in which they present their work. Here, in what was formerly the refectory or “refectorium” (“a place one goes to be restored”), the artists summon visions of freedom, cycles of transformation, and rituals to exist collectively and truthfully.
During the Antwerp Art Weekend, Zinaïda Tchelidze will host her itinerant public programme Rrubeli. Drawing from the Georgian tradition of the meal as both a moment of exchange and show, Rrubeli stages intersections between visual art, the art of speech and the art of the table. On this occasion, two table masters or “Tamada” are invited to give performances: Shalva Nikvashvili on 15 May (at 14:00 and 16:00) and David Bernstein on 16 May (at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00).
Hatice Pinarbasi (b. 1993, France) lives and works in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine. She holds a Master’s degree from Beaux-Arts de Paris and was an artist-in-residence at HFBK Hamburg (studio Jutta Koether, 2020).
Zinaïda Tchelidze (b. 1983, Georgia) lives and works in Brussels. She holds a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels (2010).
Together they were invited for a three-month residency in Antwerp, in the context of the annual exchange programme between AAIR and Artistes en résidence, Clermont-Ferrand.