Educational platform for children - Fabrika of Images
Fabrika of Images is an educational platform for children which offers participants the chance to reflect on the world through learning more about different disciplines through and with images. Some topics include: Geography of South Caucasian countries, History of South Caucasian countries, Art History of South Caucasian countries.
Through theory-based courses and practical workshops, groups of children from primary to high school are taught to understand the complexity of image issues. In close association with the teaching teams, professors of different disciplines (Geography, History, History of Art) and image professionals, the participants of Fabrika of Images are centred around three core concerns: (1) analysis of the image, (2) an understanding of its production, diffusion and reception contexts, and (3) hands-on participation in a group project - a film, a journal, a book.
- The first edition of four months series (September-December 2018) was organized in village Upper Nikozi, Gori Region, with mentorship from photographers, Guram Tsibakhashvili and Sophia Lapiashvili. The program contained: practical and theoretical studies on the history of photography, history of art, camera-obscura, portrait followed by the exhibition of the photographs done in the frame of the workshop series. The program was in collaboration with CinéDOC-Tbilisi / CinéDOCYoung which screened short movies for children followed by discussions.
- The second edition of five months series (February-June 2019) was organized in the village of Tianeti (East/Central Georgia) in the Caucasus Mountains with mentorship from photographers, Guram Tsibakhashvili and Tinatin Kiguradze. The program contained: practical and theoretical studies on the history of photography, history of art, camera-obscura, portrait, landscape, conceptual photography followed by an outdoor exhibition of photographs done in the frame of the workshop series.
- The third edition is a one-month intensive series (November 16, 2019 - ongoing) which launched in suburbs of Tbilisi in partnership with Tbilisi Multifunctional Libraries and Varketili Mediatheka. Guram Tsibakhashvili is the mentor. The program contains: practical and theoretical studies on the history of photography, history of art, camera-obscura, portrait, urban landscape, screening the selected multimedia pieces from TPMM i-mediatheque archives focused on awareness and understanding visual language, conceptual photography, working with family photo archives/discussions. The workshop was followed by the exhibition of photographs done in the frame of the one-month intensive workshop.
"Fabrika of Images" is organized by Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum and is part of the project “South Caucasus Photography Hub for Education and Innovation”. The project is financed by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency in South Caucasus (SDC).