I acknowledge the traditional owners of the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung and Bunorong land of this Kulin nation.
Nina Sanadze is a Melbourne-based artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Sanadze was born in Georgia (former USSR) in 1976 and immigrated to Australia in 1996.
My art practice is dedicated to peace-building. Presenting narratives built upon personal stories from within the experience of conflict; a wall of remembering that acts as a fortification against repeating histories. I believe in the power of art and beauty to bring people together and that peace is achieved through proactive work, determination, negotiation, and the forging of narratives designed to unite competing ideologies.
Presenting appropriated original artefacts, blunt replicas or documentary films as witnesses and evidence, I seek to re-examine our grand political narratives from a diametric personal position. Deploying any appropriate medium, my work responds to the most immediate socio-economic and political global developments with urgency. Humour and beauty allow me to address often disturbing concerns, reflecting the complex paradigm of our existence, which is simultaneously sublime and horrific.
Rhana Devenport (ONZM), director of the Art Gallery of South Australia) said: “Drawing on her own familial history in Georgia (former USSR), Nina Sanadze is compelled to respond to some of the great forces of our time – ideology, authority, monuments, conflict and survival – amidst the transient yet insistent fabric of memory, beauty and tenderness. Evocative and dramatic, Nina eschews the once victorious into a tumbling morphic vortex of fragility. Nina possesses a powerful ability to draw on the political, the familial and the poetic with great clarity and aesthetic poignancy.”