Iori River Valley
Award winning photographer Natela Grigalashvili will use her residency to research how the landscape and its people interact – through its history, nature, and the contemporary issues that face local communities. In close collaboration with them and with SABUKO – Society for Nature Conservation, Grigalashvili will investigate issues, challenges and opportunities like the degradation of pastures through over-grazing and the restoration of the floodplain gallery forests. With these dialogues as background, she will document the landscapes and people of the Iori Valley throughout the seasons. Her research will culminate in a video, audio and photographic exhibition which will tour cities in Georgia. Her hope is to raise awareness of the beauty of the Iori and the ecological issues that the valley faces, while simultaneously revealing its interlinked cultural histories and the importance of restoration.
Natela Grigalashvili was born and raised in Georgia. Her photographic practice explores how nature and people affect each other, particularly how nature shapes communities. She works with photography to tell the stories of the remote rural communities in Georgia – their lives, traditions and the challenges they face on a daily basis.