Participant Profile

Nini Palavandishvili


Nini Palavandishvili was born and grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating from the Faculty of Public and Industrial Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), in 2006 she joined the GeoAIR (GeoAIR) artistic initiative in Tbilisi. In her own projects Nini studies social and political contexts and their interpretation in the spheres of culture and contemporary art. She is interested in artistic practices that give rise to innovative forms and an artistic language that makes it possible to speak about political and social matters.

During her residency in Bishkek, Nini organized a series of encounters and master classes, visited various institutions, and produced an artistic view of the city and its self-representation. She often uses the methods of ethnographic fieldwork in her projects to obtain a better insight into little-known places and establish contact with local communities. This approach, on the one hand, enabled Nini to see the city from its inhabitants’ point of view, to learn what makes them tick, and, on the other hand, it became a basis for future projects such as an alternative guide to the city or a festival of public art.