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See Europe’s future modelled on the streets of Tbilisi

Posted by Steve Watson on Friday, March 16 2018

A new project from Froh!, Tbilisi – Archive of Transition asks what we can learn from life in Georgia's capital

I’ve been a big fan of Froh! for a long time. Their German / English magazine takes a totally fresh perspective on Europe and the world, their publishing workshops help often overlooked communities to tell their stories, and their collaborations with other organisations bring a clear-eyed view of complex subjects. (Check our video review of their Second Thoughts project to see them tackling the tricky topic of journalism and the challenges it faces today.)

Their latest project is a book called Tbilisi – Archive of Transition, published in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Centre in Georgia and reflecting on the rapid changes currently taking place in Tbilisi. As they say in the conversation below, broader trends like privatisation of space are taking place across the whole of Europe, but in Tbilisi, the changes are accelerated and overtly influenced by the ongoing cultural tug-of-war between Europe and Russia.

The book is launching now on Kickstarter, so if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, head over there and pick your rewards (those limited edition art prints look niiiice). But first, hit play on the podcast below to hear some of the team from Froh! speaking about the project, and scroll on for some selected spreads from the book…

Soviet-Buildings1

Displacement

Fashion-festival

Republic-Square

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