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Raised in the Dust

by Andro Eradze
2022, 8’12’’
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Film part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 12th edizione, 2023
In the Georgian poem The Snake Eater (1901) by Vazha-Pshavela, the protagonist has a supernatural talent for understanding the language of nature. Taxidermized animals appear in a forest, disturbed by an uproar of New Year’s Eve fireworks. Critical of the human carnival that is disruptive, toxic, and fatal for wildlife, Eradze’s film repositions fireworks as an entry point into the dark and mythological side of the forest, a world of plants, animals, and phantoms.
Andro Eradze (1993, Georgia. Lives and works in Tbilisi), working primarily in his home country, Eradze experiments with narratives introduced in the outskirts of human habitation. Building upon the legacy of alternative approaches to reality – surrealism and magical realism – his practice blurs the distinction between the imaginary and the actual.
After finishing his studies at the Shota Rustaveli Film Academy (Tbilisi, Georgia), he received his MFA from CCA-T Center of Contemporary Art Tbilisi.
His work has been shown internationally, including: The 59th Venice Biennale The Milk of Dreams; New Museum Screen Series, New Museum (New York); Poetry Festival Long Song For Summer II, Camden Art Centre (London); We Are They: Glitch Ecology and the Thickness of Now, Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles); Long Live the Night, SpazioA, (Pistoia, Italy); Everything Happened so Much, Oberhausen Short Film Festival.