Nino Biniashvili

Zaum Attack —
     + Installation View
     + October
     + Kleidoscope
     + Tsira
     + Zaum Attack, a History

The Graphic Novel —
     + On the Edge of the Black Sea
     + Work in Progress

Selected Projects —
     + Calculating the Price of Exile
     + The Banishment of Adlet
     + One Minute Before the Panic
     + An Archive of My Own
     + The Sense Of Possibility People

Editorial illustrations —
     + I Didn’t Hesitate for a Second
     + Japan’s Rent-A-Family Industry
     + Vienna
     + Martin Luther
     + Time to talk About Sex and War
     + Socrates

About Nino —
Email —
Installation view 

Zaum Attack
Curator: Hadas Glazer

    At the beginning of the twentieth century a group of Russian artist and poets devised the language of Zaum. This was a futuristic language that was, among other things, an aesthetic expression of the revolutionary ideas that were taking shape during the final years of the Russia empire and the rise of the Soviet regime. At the core of the language was the deviation from the rules of the language: disruptions, word play, repetitive sounds, and new phrases that seemed devoid of logic or meaning.
    Building on Zaum poetry and the experimental principles of the Russian Futurist artists, Nino Biniashvili conceived the idea that is at the base of the exhibition Zaum Attack – an attack of delusional feeling arising from a lack of comprehensibility and loss of language due to immigration or travel to a foreign linguistic territory. When a zaum attack occurs, the body is seized by the feeling of being in limbo where intuition takes over, without the mediating effects of common sense or conventional language. Along with the frustration that comes from the lack of being able to understand or to belong, comes the opposite sense of not being responsible and of being free of language’s constraints.
    In the exhibition, Biniashvili relocates these experiences to the exhibition space, and raises questions about the relationship between language, place and identity. Along with her artwork, which includes drawings on reflective materials, illustrations inspired by Zaum poetry, an artist book, a kaleidoscope and video artwork, are materials and poems from archival research she conducted. The exhibition simultaneously addresses the senses of sight and hearing and the perception of space, enabling the viewer to experience and explore the limits of language and reason, familiarity and foreignness, stability and chaos. The visitor moves between disassembled books, soft works displayed on hard, black tin exhibition mounts, fluorescent ink drawings and tables identical in shape but of different size. In the intimate space created, language becomes fluid and the world’s familiar cohesion threatens to come apart. This layered view, comprised of multiple fragments and perspectives, remains enigmatic and open to the viewer’s interpretation, like a kind of contemporary Zaum poem.

The Jerusalem Art Cube Artists’ Studios; November 2019 - January 2020. Acknowledgments: Ronen Bavly and Magenta Workshop, Yair Medina, Eleanor Elliot, Dr. Iva Glisic and The Getty Research Institute. The Jerusalem Art Cube Artists’ Studios developed, maintained and supported by the Jerusalem Foundation with the help of its donors: the Georges and Jenny Bloch Foundation, the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation, the Adolf and Mary Mil Foundation. Photo credit: Noam Preisman.