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 —
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A series of ten illustrations based on Tsira, a poem by Simon Chikovani*

    Tsira explores the relations between the whole and its fragments, and expresses the relationship between Georgian futurism and local folklore. The series of illustrations, each of which resembles a vulnerable and coverless open book, is set upon a black tin shelf that contrasts the soft fluidity of the drawings. Each illustration is made of a number of layers and materials, its base is a compilation of papers taken from old books and fixed to carbon paper using a “soft spine” which is made of reflective ribbon.

    *Simon Chikovani, real name Simon Ivanovich Chikovani (b . Naesakovo 1902/3 - d. Tbilisi 1966) was a poet and the driving force and leader of the Dadaist group H2SO4 (1922-28). His poetry is a fusion of avant-garde and Georgian folklore, nonsense-syllables and rich assonance. One example is this fragment of the poem "Tsira" which reminds us of the propitiatory ritual of a witchdoctor. Chikovani incorporates dialecticisms and quotes from spoken Georgian, abstracting it towards the "enchantments" of a rhythmic, sonorous cadence, like these verses of the poem Tsira.  

Tsira (fragment)  
Bade baidebs
Bude baidebs 
Tsira muxlebze gulpiltvs daidebs
Aida-baidebs, aida baidebs...  
[transcription by Shota Iatashvili]