For Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze, making site-specific “ghost” museums is an attempt to search for and archive disappearing knowledge and factual information. The Museum of Unidentified Files is the fourth project of the ghost-museum series, after The Museum of Superstitions (2013), The Museum of News (2014), and The Museum of Red Winds (2015). The Museum of Unidentified Files gathers casually found or researched materials, personal diaries, cosmos-related propaganda posters, civil defense educational imagery, and even fragments of works by other artists. One personal item, The Autobiography Before my Birth by the Georgian photographer Guram Tsibakhashvili, is a black-and-white photo found within a family album, dated before 1960, the date of his birth. The photograph is blown-up and manually printed on a photo canvas of Soviet production. The Museum interprets the Soviet past through the most important constituent of the Soviet utopia – the conquest of space, the greatest Soviet myth of spreading communism not only across the earth but throughout the galaxy.
Illegal Kosmonavtika, Apexart Franchise Exhibition.
Former Institute of space structures. Saguramo, Georgia. 2017