Obscura is an independent contemporary art platform based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Founded by Nato Bagrationi, Sopho Kobidze, Mariam Loria, Sandro Sulaberidze, Mariam Tsikaridze, and Ninutsa Shatberashvili in 2013, Obscura develops different kinds of projects, from small solo shows to mulit-media, multi-artist projects in different Georgian cities.
Mariam Loria and Mariam Tsikaridze will co-curate part of the outdoor exhibition for the 2018 biennial, while Sandro Sulaberidze will curate the Photo Exhibition.
Sandro Sulaberidze is an artist and a co-founder of Obscura. He studied photography at the Tbilisi Academy of Arts form 2009 to 2014 and has worked as an an independent photographer since graduation. He is focused on experimental photography, design and invention, using different lenses and cameras, including his own creations: ‘Point of View of a Fly I’ and ‘Point of View of a Fly II’.
Mariam Tsikardze is a co-founder and curator of Obscura. After completing her studies in philosophy (2005-2009) and cultural studies (2011-2013), she continues to work as an independent curator and art history lecturer at the Free University. She has collaborated with various institutions including the Georgia National Museum, Goethe Institute, Project Artbeat and others. Since 2017 Tsikaridze has been a co-founder and researcher of Tbilisi architecture and Design Centre.
Mariam Loria is a curator and art researcher. She studied history of art at the Tbilisi Academy of Arts in from 2006-2010, and cultural studies from 2011 to 2013. Loria has collaborated with various institutions, including the Georgian National Museum, Goethe Institute, Tbilisi Academy of Arts, Project Artbeat and others. In 2017 Loria co-founded the Tbilisi Architecture and Design Centre.