Worker VI

Worker 05.2021 Vakhtang Chabukiani House Museum
Worker V

Worker 04.2021 Tbilisi, Varketili III M. D. Communal spaces around us are either ignored or stolen and turned into private property. All around the country, buildings are examples of this. Hallways are either turned into dumping places or merged with flats as a living space. Dark floors in the video are these stolen communal spaces. The performer tries to clean the hallway, heal what is left, and mend the feeling of the wholeness of space.
Worker IV

Worker 03.202 Village Gamarjveba (Victory), Dedoflistskaro Georgia had the highest conscription rate in World War II, but 24% of the 300,000 conscripted were killed in the war against fascism. In 1946, the village of Uzundara in the Dedoplistskaro district was renamed "Victory" and a war memorial was constructed to commemorate those who died or were injured in the war, similar memorials were built in many other villages. Today the memorial has been turned into a landfill and a cowshed, this abandonment is perceived by the artist as a symbol of the intensified neo-fascist movements around us. By clearing the memorial, the performer seeks to restore meaning to the sacrifices of his ancestors and to restart the discussion on the growing extremist movements in social spaces.
Worker III

Worker 02.2021 Laura - Sabcho Square 80 year old Laura supports herself by collecting bottles and recycled paper. About 8 years ago she sheltered a person who against his will was forced out of his home because an investor was interested in it. To salvage his belongings Laura allowed him to bring his things and store them on her balcony that she shares with neighbours. Years have passed and accumulation of these belongings in the shared space escalated in conflict with the neighbours, who are demanding to clear up the space on the balcony.The performer helps Laura to discard certain things from the balcony and tightly organise the rest.

Worker II

Worker  01.2021 Tskaltubo For several months now, continuous protests have been going on near Tskaltubo, in the village of Zhoneti, against the construction of a hydropower cascade. The investor, introduced by the government as a savior who would help to achieve energy independence of the region, is doing everything with the logic of unprofitable profit. Residents are trying to protect their property, ecosystem and nearby villages from dangerous construction in landslide-prone areas. The rallies in the village of Zhoneti have become a new form of public protest. The Worker is replacing one of the protesters during the overnight shift.

Worker I

Andro Dadiani’s “Worker” is a series of performances commissioned by Kuntshalle Tbilisi. With these series the performer attempts to redefine role of an artist in our society. Traditionally artist was viewed as someone who’s serving higher ideals. In Georgia for the large part of the last century artists catered to an ideology of a ruling party. Similarly current political parties are using art to support their governing power. “Worker” performances aim to alter this perception and reveal that art is neither an act of entertainment nor the object of aesthetic pleasure. Performer declares his work to be an ordinary job. What connects these series of geographically, socially and economically distanced performances is the artist’s medium- routine work. The reality depicted through this medium is an attempt to create social portraits that in turn offer us a new artistic language dictated by cultural crisis, as well as, a space for discussion.

Worker 12. 2020 Afrika On December 15th, 2020 during the pandemic lockdown, in Tbilisi outskirt called Afrika, illegitimately built small settlement on the territory of the former garbage dump was torn down following the orders of the city municipality. The performer is trying to salvage parts of rubble by cleaning, putting aside, stacking and wrapping the building blocks that remained after state’s forceful actions.