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Chichilaki

This is the rest of a Chichilaki (Georgian: ჩიჩილაკი), a hand carved Georgian orthodox christmas tree made from one piece of wood. Before a Chichilaki is burned to vanish all negative moments of the previous year, it decorates Georgian flats for some days or weeks. The chichilaki remnant that I have found in January 2013 on the streets in Tbilisi is a little crooked and it looks like a bird that cannot fly – nurturing the motivation to keep it alive in a photograph (C-Print 168 x 120 cm) and to preserve the real object in an arrangement with a photograph of itsself from top view within a glas cube.

part of the solo exhibition NIP THE DAY IN THE BUD, July 2013, Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi, Georgia (Caucasus)