About the Artist

Nana (nanuka) Tchitchoua was born in 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She immigrated to USA with her family in 1992 and continued her art and film education at California Institute of the Arts with BFA in Art and MFA in Experimental Animation.

She is an artist working in media from painting and collage to sculpture and film, all of which draw profoundly on her deeply Georgian soul. It has been her focus and a mission to bring a contemporary perspective on Georgian traditions that have survived cultural transition and upheaval for centuries. Her work is a fusion of ancient archetypes, ethnographic treasures and various cultural icons. In navigating the tenuous path of her dual cultural identity she asserts the transformative possibilities of finding beauty amid ruins, making something out of nothing - a cross-referencing of images that are fiercely nostalgic for a heroic and romantic dream world.

Since 2002 Nana's been working as the liaison of the Tula Tea Room at the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Borzoi Cabinet Theatre, her work harmonizes with the vision of the Museum's filmic aspirations of limning the culture and tradition of Georgia for audiences worldwide. She is also an independent curator and an initiator of the artists' exchange projects at the Gregg Fleishman Studio: The Guest Room Projects. Nanuka returns to Georgia regularly to participate in the lively contemporary art culture there where she is also an artis/curator of the American Pavilion of the FestiNova (Cont. International of Art Festival) in Garikula, Georgia. She shows her work in exhibitions and film festivals, Highlights include TOMORROWLAND: CalArts in Moving Pictures, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 2006; Fragments from a Lovers Discourse, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 2006; Over Here-There, The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Stanford University 2002; and worldwide in Holland, France, China, Spain, Norway, Germany, and Russia.