Birth of the Wine

Zurab Bero’s first exhibition in Germany was held in 2008. It was the Group show at

Photo by Giorgi Zautashvili

Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). It was a particular event for him as he has presented his first installation artwork – “Birth of the Wine”.

Georgia is famous as a cradle of wine and the unique wine-making culture of burying clay vessels, that we call Kvevris. “In this period I was fascinated by finding an interrelationship between archaic and modern. Georgian Folk Song is one special part of Art. I had a desire to find out the depth of the emotional and cultural influence on the modern society.

I guess, it might be a coincidence that my first exhibition in abroad was indirectly linked to my national origin and identity”, says Zurab Bero.

To be brief, I prefer not to explain the Kvevri winemaking method, but in case of interest, I would suggest the article “The Art of Making Kvevri“.

As for the artwork, it consists of 9 Kvevris, partly covered and sealed with earth. Light effects indicate the readiness of wine, accompanying music is Georgian Folk Song, which has also symbolic meaning. As Zurab says, wine making for him associates to the birth and mature of something new. “Probably, my works somehow showcase my mental and internal condition, but I make aware of this fact only after a certain time. During the Art creation process I do what I fill, searching for relevant form of expression”.

This artwork was presented only twice, though with its complete form only on the above-mentioned exhibition. “This artwork should be sensed. It was performative, installation, which is remained only as a video. Although the exhibition lasted one week, subsequently the artwork lost its first face and I would say that after occurred culmination remained energy was slowly exhausting. But in my point of view the charm of life is exactly every event is unitary and unique, happens in particular time and place.” Zurab Bero

Photo by Giorgi Zautashvili

The exhibition was initiated by Zurab and held under the supervision of their Prof. David Evison. As the artworks did not have any thematic or conceptual connection to each other, the show was named as “Personal Exhibition”.

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