Natia Benashvili, born in 1991 in Tbilisi, Georgia lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Her work revolves around exploring the intricacies of psychological and existential processes, parallel worlds, as well as the human mind and inner processes of transformation. Within her work, she delves into the complex dynamics of maternal relationships and the imprint a mother figure can leave on a daughter’s memories. Some of the recurring elements in her pieces are a juxtaposition of space, light and cubical forms, allowing her to convey multidimensional concepts on a flat surface like canvas or paper. She works within different, mostly two-dimensional media, including painting, drawing and print.

Natia Benashvili has a degree in Fine Arts from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, including a one-year exchange program at Rome Academy of Arts. During her studies, she participated in several group projects, such as Personal Structures, a collateral exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennial and a group project Trail G15 at the fest-I-Nova G15 in Garikula, Georgia.

In 2022 she obtained the DAAD stipend for a complementary studies program at the Muthesius Academy of Arts in Kiel, Germany. During the study year she completed her project Do you remember me?, 2023 under the supervision of Professor Piotr Nathan. This series of works reflects a daughter’s perspective on her archetypes and memories of her mother, representing the disordered and chaotic structure of the memories, often blended with each other.

During her studies in Kiel Natia participated in the exhibition Homosexual Men in the Ravensbrück concentration camp, which is primarily known to the public as a women´s camp. The project led by Professor Nathan and Katharina Jesdinsky aims to shed light on the imprisoned Homosexual men’s lives by rethinking the biography of one of the prisoners, Gustav Herzberg.

Natia Benashvili’s project Relic, features at the Larnaca Biennial 2023 titled Home Away from Home. In this work the artist revisits the traces of religious liberation within the landscape of post-Soviet Georgia, through the very home in which she was raised.

Selected exhibitions
Solo exhibitions
2023 – Relic, Home away from home, Larnaca Biennale 2023, Larnaca, ZY
2023 – Do you remember me? Postgraduate Project, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel, DE
2018 – Condition, Gallery VANDA Art, Tbilisi, GE
2015 – Connection, Gallery VANDA Art, Tbilisi, GE
Group exhibitions

2023 – 24 – Hommosexual men in Ravensbrück concentration camp:
         Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück, Fürstenberg, Ehemalige Textilfabrik, DE
                  Museum ZeiTTor/Cap Arcona Haakengraben, Neustadt in Holstein, DE
                  Museum Sztutowo, Sztutowo, PO 2021 – On the other side, CCA Tbilisi (Center of Contemporary Art), GE
2020 – Fest-i-Nova Ars Garikula, Festival of Contemporary Art, Garikula, GE
2020 – Love in the Time of Curfew, Tbilisi Online Biennial, Online
2020 – Spatial formations, Gallery MAUDI, Tbilisi Architectural Biennial, Tbilisi, GE
2020 – The SelfQuar Experiment, Creative Armenia, Online, AM
2020 – All this might be a dream, Online Art Platform “Home Alone”, Online, GE
2019 – 9 Chairs, 2 Bells and a Shaolin Bus, Art-Ra Festival of Contemporary Art, Oni Local.
Lore Museum, Ratscha, GE
2018 – Artisterium as it is, Artisterium 2018, Karvasla Historical Museum, Tbilisi, GE
2018 – Contemporary Art Space Batumi, Life N Style International Print Festival, Batumi, GE
2018 – Ask For It Anywhere, National Gallery Tbilisi, GE
2017 – #10, Artisterium 2017, History Museum, Tbilisi, GE
2017 – Life N Style International Print Festival, Mestia, GE
2017 – Rethink the Future, History Museum, Tbilisi, GE
2017 – Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, accompanying exhibition, Venice Biennial 57, Venice, IT
2017 – New Generation, VANDA Art Gallery, Tbilisi, GE
2015 – Trail G15, Fest-I-Nova G15 contemporary art festival, Garikula, GE
2015 – The Room, State Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, GE

Projects
2022, 2023 – Participant of the project Newspaper 365, the annual artist magazine, Tbilisi, GE
2021 – Participant of the project Postcards for Belarus, Kontaktobana, online, GE, BY
2021 – Co-founder and member of the independent artists’ association Artwork in Tbilisi, GE
2020 – Co-founder of cultural non-profit organization Kontaktobana in Tbilisi, GE
2019 – Co-organizer of the informal conversation series Conversas in Tbilisi, GE

Artist residencies
2022 – Artist in Residence Program, Watershed, Berlin, DE
2020 – Fest-i-Nova Ars, festival of contemporary art, Garikula, GE
2019 – Arteli Ratscha, festival for contemporary art, Ratscha, GE
2019 – off/line Art in Reconstruction, Artasfoundation Foundation, Zemo Nikozi, GE
2015 – Fest-i-Nova G15, festival of contemporary art, Garikula, GE

Scholarships and grants
2022 – 23 – DAAD study scholarship in the field of free arts.
2016 – Collaborative Exhibition Grant, Ministry of Culture Georgia, GE.