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The Unlikelies - Tbilisi, Georgia - with Aaron Krach (2012)


"What's your problem?"

Write it on a piece of wood.

Stick your head in that hole.

Stick her arm in the other hole.

Write your solution to his problem on the other side.

In Georgian.

Repeat with others, until you have created a tangled mess of people and problems and wood.

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These wooden shapes were part of "THE UNLIKELIES a people with problems sculpture". They interlocked with human limbs and each other to create a sort of ad-hoc human sculpture, asking people to solve the problem of the unlikely person physically connected to them.

The idea was to condense the Ghana ThinkTank process one that generally takes 3-6 months and involves the collection, resolution, and display of community problems, pairings with unlikely partners, and symbolic sculptural elements into one moment in time. And so problems became weights - literally - stacked around your neck or your leg or your arm. And people became connected through their problems - literally - as these weights wedged into each other and the chain continued. It was all quite literal and obvious and heartfelt and - it worked.

Sincerity and a modernist rehash can reveal new connections between people.

Part of "Streetwise: At Eliava Bazaar," curated by Lydia Matthews for Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia. Thanks to Lydia Matthews, Chuka Nino Kuprava, Tamta-Tamara Shavgulidze, Magda Guruli, Lola Petrova and the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Wato Tsereteli and Kathraina Stadler at Center for Contemporary Arts Tbilisi.

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