The Czech artistic duo Markéta Mráčková and Barbora Šimonová have completed their residency in Tbilisi, or to be more precise, the city of Rustavi, which is 25 kilometres away from the capital of Georgia. Once a prosperous industrial city, the town which is now in disrepair, has become the ground for discovery and birth of sometimes true and sometimes fictionalised stories based on their experiences there.
IT LOOKS LIKE IT CANNOT WORK LIKE THIS AND INDEED IT MOSTLY DOESN’T … BUT SOMEHOW IT DOES (2019)
Photographs, short stories
The Czech duo of artists Markéta Mráčková and Barbora Šimonová are formed as architects and they work as a duo since 2013, to join together their diverse activities – architecture, visual arts, literature and video. They did their residence in Georgia with CCA – Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, they explored a small industrial town of the former Soviet Union, Rustavi, founded in 1948. During their residence, after thoroughly exploring and studying the industrial town, they turned their visual material and experiences into a collection of extravagant stories and commentary, which combine reality and fiction and present a new magical perspective on a city that is generally portrayed as grey and abandoned. The stories are based on the authors’ daily experiences, observations, descriptions, works and unusual issues. The two artists often create fantasies they use to re-elaborate, with short, absurd and illustrated stories, the realities they find themselves in. Looking at the posters exhibited the question that comes out is: What better place than an industrial city to reinvent the place and oneself?