The works of Vajiko Chachkhiani are characterized by their intelligent conception and an often quiet, substantive, and aesthetic poetry – and occasionally also melancholy. On the finely balanced interface between the reality of the outside world and the inner human psyche, they delve into existential questions of life, human perception, and the culture of remembrance.
Often only at a second, more intense glance does the viewer participate in the thoughts and research of the Georgian artist. Allegories of everyday life are ostensibly retold with familiar images, only to be subtly broken by unexpected artistic interventions. His individual works – films, sculptures, performances, photographs, and large-scale installations – are characterized in their overall compositions by a dense narration that suggests various tracks and interweaves everything in dramaturgical density.
The materials of his works emphasize historical references, as well as the bond with his homeland, which occasionally leaves its mark on his oeuvre. Whereas, for example, at first glance, some of his films may appear to be documentary, they elude clear decipherability and, upon closer examination, reveal a subtle, multiple-historical, and suggestive power. For a brief moment, Chachkhiani stops the wheel of time and history and offers the viewer a metaphorical (overall) image, which often focuses on vanishing and changing / transforming and, upon ‘immersion’, reveals multi-layered narrative strands.