“To Freedom” – Georgia, September 2016
This project is part my focus topic: “How the Past is surviving by influencing the Present of peoples lives. How people build their identity and how they relate to other people, to animals, to the land.”
Georgian people are passionate by heart. They like to toast while sitting at the same table. During meals or drinking evenings, dozens of toasts are made. Each toast is an elaborated speech of thoughts, exposing feelings and wishful dreams. It usually lasts several minutes. It is a moment when people enjoy sharing the same time and space in each others company. It is a way to bring up a conversation on a subject. Georgians often toast to the beloved ones and to the ones which are no longer among us. “To freedom” and “To peace” are also the most common subjects for toasts. Tbilisi, the capitol, was rebuilt 10 times in the last decades, due to earthquakes and wars. Russia has been at war with Georgia, since the dismantling of Soviet Union. Georgian people value Peace.