Tblisi Prints - 1991

Liam Bailey's lens transports viewers back to a pivotal moment in history when Zviad Gamsukhurdia clung to power as the President of Georgia. The atmospheric images vividly depict the streets of Tbilisi adorned with barricades made from builders' rubble, broken furniture, pipes, and mangled metal, crossing Rustaveli Avenue in defiance. In front of the imposing parliament building, a horseshoe of city buses had been strategically positioned, resembling a modern-day wagon train's defensive formation.

Liam had been on assignment for very different project, The first international juggling convention, however with a city in flux, teetering on the brink. A palpable sense of uncertainty and excitement permeates the air, as soldiers stand casually adorning the columns, chatting, not entirely sure of their roles. The visual symbols of change manifest in the form of emerging and increasingly regular protests on the capital's streets, hastening the demise of the existing political leadership.

Due to the situation he and the rest of the traveling party were unable to leave, enabling Bailey to navigate the intricate tapestry of this historical moment, leaving viewers captivated and eager to unravel the mystery behind the scenes. The images offer a poignant reflection on the complexities of a society undergoing rapid transformation in the wake of the disintegration of the Soviet regime sitting alongside a study of the city during this time.

The 45 + image show promises to be a highlight of the 2024 Kolga Tbilisi Photography Festival, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in a visual journey through the historical crossroads of Tbilisi in 1991

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