Over the six months in which Vajiko Chachkhiani’s Living Dog Among Dead Lions was exhibited at the Georgian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, heavy rain was pouring inside the installation. This artificially generated process provokes thoughts on the nature of the here and now as well as of the afterlife and of the future appearance of the hut’s water-sensitive insides. Eventually, the spaces and furniture exposed to rain and water stagnation will begin to rot and disintegrate, and mould and moss might grow over them. Its viewers feel caught between what they see and what they hope to see; between their perceptions and expectations, in an exceptional time zone where ‘natural’ weathering is being performed as a subject of meditative observation.
Keywords: Vajiko Chachkhiani; Artificial Weathering; Meteorological Art; Rain; Trauma; Weather Art
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Enduring Rain
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On Vajiko Chachkhiani’s Living Dog Among Dead Lions
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Claudia Peppel
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Over the six months in which Vajiko Chachkhiani’s Living Dog Among Dead Lions was exhibited at the Georgian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, heavy rain was pouring inside the installation. This artificially generated process provokes thoughts on the nature of the here and now as well as of the afterlife and of the future appearance of the hut’s water-sensitive insides. Eventually, the spaces and furniture exposed to rain and water stagnation will begin to rot and disintegrate, and mould and moss might grow over them. Its viewers feel caught between what they see and what they hope to see; between their perceptions and expectations, in an exceptional time zone where ‘natural’ weathering is being performed as a subject of meditative observation.
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Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
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2020
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Vajiko Chachkhiani
Artificial Weathering
Meteorological Art
Rain
Trauma
Weather Art
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Enduring Rain
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Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 277–87
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Claudia Peppel, ‘Enduring Rain: On Vajiko Chachkhiani’s Living Dog Among Dead Lions’, in Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 277–87 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-17_13>

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Cite as: Claudia Peppel, ‘Enduring Rain: On Vajiko Chachkhiani’s Living Dog Among Dead Lions’, in Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 17 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), pp. 277–87 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-17_13>