July 19 – August 5 / Gallery ONE / Robert McDOUGALL / The Sokhumi Elegies
Opening July 19 6pm – 9pm / Artist Talk August 5 4pm – 6pm
The Sokhumi Elegies
The Sokhumi Elegies examines the memory and legacy of the War in Abkhazia, a relatively unknown but brutal conflict which occurred in the early ‘90s in north-west Georgia, bordering Russia on the Black Sea coast. A collaboration with Georgian refugees who survived the war and the horrific campaign of ethnic cleansing that followed, the work concerns a series of trips made to Abkhazia in 2015 by the artist to document what had become of their former homeland – particularly the capital, Sokhumi. Dreamlike personal narratives and mythologies are explored, in and around conflicting historical information, towards a series of uncertain elegies to the sorrow of war and the haunting misery of exile and trauma in situations when truth and justice are absent and continually denied.