The City of the Architect
A sculptural portrait of Sokhumi, Georgia
In the works, a series of three-dimensional representations of buildings, coexist in a singular way the architectural model, the documentary and the artistic interpretation/representation. To create this sculptural “portrait” of the city Wekua drew from his childhood memories, the collective memories of friends and family members and pictures taken by current visitors of the region.
Installed as architectural models and situated in the room so as to function as parts of a theatre set design they mentally carry the visitor to Sokhumi or rather to a Sokhumi of the past. Industrial materials such as concrete, aluminum and brass become part of the visual/poetic vocabulary. The room’s lighting and colors make these materials appear "soft" almost as much as wax, with which they often coexist in the works. Shadow, the silent interlocutor, completes the work.
Architectural models or artworks? Representation or fiction? Wekua's buildings seem to exist in a territory and time of their own where the only certainty is Enigma.