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Georgia's capital wakes up with a new face every morning. This book is a snapshot of a city in transition.
Georgia's capital wakes up with a new face every morning. This book is a snapshot of a city in transition.
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Tbilisi is a city where global change is happening in fast forward. The intense transformation of Georgia over the past decade is reflected particularly in the ambitious building projects that are altering its capital almost daily: Tbilisi seems to wake up with a new face every morning. This rapid transformation is creating new debates among the people of Tbilisi and raising important questions: What should be preserved and what should be destroyed? What can be owned and what belongs to everyone? What do we want to remember and what can be forgotten?

In 2015 we decided to gather these stories of change and create an archive. We started by mapping places of upheaval and talking to people who were trying to shape Georgia's future in different ways. We dived into the city's archives to discover incredible unpublished material about Tbilisi's moving past.

We are a group of internationally-renowned publishers and artists living in Georgia, the USA, and Germany, who have been collecting material in Tbilisi for more than three years. We have now finally decided to bring it all together in one volume. Comprising contributions from city planners, architects, political activists, artists, and politicians, this book sets out to record the different dimensions and speeds of change. It’s a snapshot of a city in transition.

  • city planer Surab Bakradse (GE) on the degradation of public spaces
  • journalist Ben Knight (DE/GB) on Chinese investors and the new Silk Road
  • landscape architect Sara Cowles (USA) on market imperatives
  • activist Elene Margvelashvili (GE) on the art of protesting
  • journalist Sebastian Pranz (DE) on the Georgian pioneers of science 
  • pictures by the artists 
    Mamuka Japharidze (GE),
    Fabian Weiss (DE) and
    Lexo Soselia (GE) 
  • and tons of unpublished material from private and national archives.
Index card – National Archives of Georgia
Index card – National Archives of Georgia
Drone picture of Samgori market (Photo by Fabian Weiss)
Drone picture of Samgori market (Photo by Fabian Weiss)
Closed down funicular (Photo by Sebastian Pranz)
Closed down funicular (Photo by Sebastian Pranz)
Republic Square 1971 (National Archives of Georgia)
Republic Square 1971 (National Archives of Georgia)
Former Soviet Roads Ministry Building in Tbilisi on an aerial image from 1975 (National Archives of Georgia)
Former Soviet Roads Ministry Building in Tbilisi on an aerial image from 1975 (National Archives of Georgia)
Limited poster (Din A1)
Limited poster (Din A1)
Fina-art print (photographed by Fabian Weiss)
Fina-art print (photographed by Fabian Weiss)
Postcard set (including 8 pictures from our archives)
Postcard set (including 8 pictures from our archives)

Risks and challenges

Working with real paper always includes a chance that problems arise, that can not be undone by hitting Ctrl-Z. Our publisher Niggli is working with some of the most experienced professionals in the field of print, providing us with full creative control on the printed outcome.

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    A set of 8 postcards with selected pieces from our book

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    Comes with a limited photo poster (DIN A1 folded)

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    For the print-aficionados we offer a limited edition of the Archive of Transition in a silk-printed slip-case that includes a poster and a photo print. The series is limited to 50 pieces worldwide of which 25 are reserved for our backers.

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