Sophia Tabatadze

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- Self-Portrait as Architecture  
- De Doorzonwoning  
- House on Wheels  
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- What We Thought Was a Wall   Turned Out to Be a Curtain  
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- Heroes of Stagnation  
- Subu-Diet  
- Caucasian Memory Game  
- Georgian Toasting Traditions  
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- From Flags to Flowers  
- All my Re-Collections  
- Travelers Journal  
- Calendar and F Words  
- Just Buy and Put a Fence
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- Limitations of Imitation  
- Screens  
- Pirimze  
Title: Wallpaper
Year: 2002
Size: 50cm roll
Material: Factory printed wallpaper

The theme of this factory-printed wallpaper, that of turning the inside out, involved comparing what was inside with what was outside of me. At that point in my life I was living in the Netherlands, finishing my studies, and checking myself against my surroundings in order to "fit in" with them. When I tried to explain my work back then, I said that I was looking inside myself to see what was going on in there. What I found was in fact the same as what was going on around me.

This work reminded me of the houses I had known as child in which everything was wallpapered - including the doors and water pipes - and the feeling I had got that there was something hidden behind this respectable facade. It seemed then that a slight change could turn everything upside down which indeed is what happened, both to the Soviet Union and to the wallpapered houses in it.

I covered a half demolished building with this wallpaper. These buildings, with their exposed interior walls showing old wallpaper patterns and tiles from the kitchen of somebody's home, always gave me the feeling of peeping into somebody else's private life. By putting wallpaper patterned with internal organs on this kind of building, I question the border between inside and outside, private and public.

Street installation, 2003, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Street installation, detail, 2003, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Installation view with wallpaper, 2007, Istanbul Biennale, Turkey
Rietveld Academy Graduation, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands