Sasha Chavchavadze has explored the effect of war on memory and place in drawings, paintings, mixed-media assemblages and installations. Her interdisciplinary project, Museum of Matches, translated Cold War history into visual forms in mixed-media drawings exhibited at the Kentler International Drawing Space and at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn; as a “one-room Cold War museum” at Proteus Gowanus; in publications (Cabinet, Bomb, Marginalia and NYFA Current magazines), and as a book (Museum of Matches, Proteotypes 2011). As a finalist in the international Cold War Monument competition, her work will be exhibited in 2014 at Cooper Union and in 2015 at the Wende Museum. Her Battle Pass Series, evoking the Revolutionary Battle of Brooklyn, was exhibited at GRIDSPACE, the Old Stone House Museum, and as a public art installation commissioned by the NYC DOT currently at Smith and Bergen Streets in Brooklyn. Her recent work, incorporating “burn” drawings, touches on the disappearance of things, through changing technologies or the passage of time.
Chavchavadze has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including the Luise Ross Gallery in New York; the Arkansas Art Center; the Museum of Literature in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is the founder and co-creative director of Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery and Reading Room in Brooklyn.