Video, music/sound, camera and editing: Gio Janiashvili.

Single-channel video. Stereo sound. Duration: 02:25 min

The first presentation of the work was held at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance at Rude Health Concert Series (London, 2013).
It was also exhibited at Vibe Gallery (London, 2013).

The video and sound installation was featured as part of the exhibition - Maelstrom: Franz Marc, German Expressionism and Modernism in Georgia - Multidisciplinary Research Within the Exhibition Environment:
Georgian National Museum D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (03 - 17 - June 2015 -Tbilisi);
Georgian Art Palace - Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography (March 31 - April 11, 2017 - Tbilisi).
The exhibition featured art works and artifacts by Wassily Kandinsky, Irakli Gamrekeli, Kirill Zdanevich, David Kakabadze, Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akhvlediani, among others. 
Curator: Dr. Ketevan Kintsurashvili
Exposition Design: David Janiashvili
Video and sound Installation: Gio Janiashvili
Supported by Goethe-Institut Georgien

MOUNT RIVER at exhibition MAELSTROM at Georgian National Museum - D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (2015, Tbilisi). The video documentation by David Janiashvili:

Details about the exhbition MAELSTROM:

"The flower opens at sunrise. Seeing his prey, the panther crouches, and as a result of seeing it, his strength grows. And the tension of his strength shows in the length of his leap. The form of art, its style, is a result of tension.” - August Macke, "Masks,” 1912- "The Blue Rider” Almanac.

The impetus behind the idea for the exhibition was a small-sized book published in 1926 in Tiflis, which contains Grigol Robakidze’s three early dramas: Londa, Maelstrom and Lamara. The cover design is based on the famous canvas with the image of a tiger created by Franz Marc in 1912. 

With these three dramas, Grigol Robakidze contributed to the modernization of Georgian theatre, and its universal success in the 1920s. All three plays were performed at Rustaveli Theatre. The directors were Kote Marjanishvili and Sandro Akhmeteli. The following artists worked on the productions of the plays: Irakli Gamrekeli, Kirill Zdanevich, and Lado Gudiashvili. It was in those years that together with other artists, they laid the foundation for scenic design as an independent professional branch. Subsequently, over the decades, scenography had been one of the strongest branches of Georgian art. The scenic works displayed at the exhibition of these artists, which includes David Kakabadze and Elene Akhvlediani, present the best achievements of Georgian avant-garde art in general. Along with other modernistic trends like Cubism, Cubo-Futurism, and Constructivism, the characteristics of German expressionism come to light in these works. This is also stipulated by the fact that in those years, the plays by German and Austrian expressionist dramatists, such as Ernst Toller, Georg Kaiser, and Franz Werfel, were staged at the Georgian theatre. In the works presented at the exhibition, both German artistic and literary influence, as well as German expressionist cinema is revealed. So it is no wonder that all of the above finds reflection in Georgian cinematography. 

Wassily Kandinsky, who along with Franz Marc, stood at the origins of German Expressionism, is presented at the exhibition with his early landscape. Together they founded the artistic association Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). 

The exhibition emphasizes that through the images of animals, the expressions shown in them are one of the generators of the expressionistic trend. This is revealed in the the poem by Grigol Robakidze entitled – Tiger. 

A maelstrom is an old Dutch word, expressionistic by its content. It denotes a powerful current, dragging things in, and turning everything into splinters. Breaking-up and dissecting are the characteristic features of German Expressionism and Expressionism in general. This is because the trend shifts emphasis from the visual reality to the strong internal (emotional) experience. In the formal characteristics of the trend, the public’s state of mind in pre- and post-World War I Germany, found reflection. The creative production presented at the exhibition reflects a unified wave, which rose in the form of Modernism in Georgian culture and art, and left a trace that could not be wiped out – despite the attacks at the time launched to root it out.

Ketevan Kintsurashvili
ART historian, Ph.d.

MOUNT RIVER at the exhibition MAELSTROM - the photo documentation by Mirian Kiladze:

MOUNT RIVER in the book publication MAELSTROM - Book 2015
Text: Ketevan Kintsurashvili
Design: David Janiashvili
Supported by Goethe-Institut Georgien

Hard Cover
Size: 14.8X14.8cm
Pages: 106

Exhibition Posters by David Janiashvili:

Artwork badges for the exhibition:

The facade of the D. Shevardnadze National Gallery (Tbilisi, Georgia) with the banner for the exhibition Maelstrom:

To view the website of the exhibition with full documenation please click on the link:

The new publication by PWN (Warsaw, 2018) of the book MAELSTROM by Ketevan Kinsturashvili and David Janiashvili, which exhibited at the Frankfurter Buchmesse / The Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt, Germany 09-14, 2018):

The exhibition of the books at the Frankfurter Buchmesse / The Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt, Germany 09-14, 2018):