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On 23 April, Tornike Robakidze’s solo show was launched in gallery 4710. The name of the exhibition already promises us something about the celestial realm, but while doing so, it also reveals a kind of melancholy and doubt. What has sadness to do with paradise? On entering the gallery, one sees entire walls covered with pencil sketches/drawings. It's hard to define them as graphic, they mostly resemble drawings scratched onto walls, something one usually finds in Tiflis’ buildings, jails, or on the walls of stations and other public places. Such a circumstance raises critical questions about the concept of paradise, about above and below, the sacred and the profane. An issue which has been driving the local city culture, mainly its literature, poetry and painting, for almost 150 years.

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