Beyond Linguistic Translations of Marginalised Texts
My research aims at enhancing the representation of marginal voices from minor languages and cultures. I explore alternative approaches to translation in order to ensure that seemingly untranslatable texts can enter the cultural domain. I focus on the writings of protofeminist Soviet-Georgian authors. I explore the ways in which contemporary art practices can contribute to mediating their texts. I work across interlingual translations and the practice of curating, as well as painting and clay to create a new methodology for translating the texts. I instil my subjective identity, of an immigrant living in the UK, by exposing my own vulnerability as a non-native, non-fluent English speaker. Informed by my lived experience, in my translations, I subvert the dominance of linguistic language. Instead, I create a non-hierarchical constellation of meanings produced by gestures, materials, and various non-verbal and verbal languages.
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Lika Tarkhan-Mouravi is an artist, independent curator and a researcher based in London/Tbilisi. Her practice focuses on intersections between visual arts and text.
MA with Distinction in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art
Open Space Contemporary curatorial residency
Drawing Research Forum. Drawing Room, London. November 2021
Missing. Public programme, Oxygen Biennial, Tbilisi. September 2021
F(r)ictions. 6. Summer programme curated by Anuka Ramischwili-Schäfer, August 2021
Suzhou Panorama. Co-curator with Angiet Chen. An international, collaborative and interdisciplinary 3-year curatorial programme and exhibition at Suzhou Design Week taking place in Suzhou, China. November 2019
Poetry as Exhibition. Public talk at E.A. Shared Space, Tbilisi. September 2019
Re: over everything which exists under the sky. Co-curator with Linnéa Bake, Yalda Bidshahri, Carlie Yixuan Chang, Claudia Contu, Victoria Gyuleva and Jing Jin. The project in collaboration with Royal College of Art and Gasworks, London. October 2018 – May 2019
Reminiscence. Co-curator with Keti Japaridze. Close-up Cinema, London. March 2019
Table Manners, Chalton Gallery, London. Group exhibition. Curators: Inês Neto Dos Santos, Isabel Blanco-Fernández and Nora Silva. November 2018
Marijan: Reading at the Cemetery, exploring poetry of Mariam Tkemaladze. Curator. Tbilisi, September 2018
Georgia 100: Video Works. Co-curator with Keti Japaridze. Close-up Cinema, London. Artists: Aleksi Soselia, Sophia Tabatadze. May 2018