Karlo Kacharava: Sentimental Traveller (S.M.A.K.)

Caroline Buste, Aka Morchiladze, Irena Popiashivili, Vija Skangale, Karima Boudou, Liesje Vandenbroeck

S.M.A.K., 2024


This publication is dedicated to poet, art critic and artist Karlo Kacharava (1964-1994), one of Georgia’s most influential cultural figures of the late twentieth century. Karlo Kacharava: Sentimental Traveller showcases some of his most significant works and offers a new perspective on his extensive oeuvre, which has always defied easy categorization.

Although he died at the age of thirty, Kacharava left behind volumes of poetry, art criticism and cultural commentary. His legacy is the distinctive style that helped usher in a new wave of Georgian avant-gardism. Depictions of human figures, quotes and dedications, storytelling, family relationships, urban scenes, landscapes, references and poetry are just some of the themes that he developed throughout his career. Kacharava also created complex and refined systems and constellations through which his art, poetry and art criticism evolved.

This book shows Kacharava’s keen awareness of the challenges posed by art, history, politics and society in his native Georgia and beyond, and offers insightful contributions through his paintings, drawings on paper and illustrated diaries, which are among his most celebrated works of art.


ISBN: 9789075679694

300 pagina's, kleurillustraties, 26,2 x 19,9 cm, hardcover, Georgisch/Engels