Nina Sanadze, Bus TV Living RoomDates: Every Wednesday, 6.30pm
I want to do more than just exist.
What is behind this ordinary apartment door?
Who is that woman that cleans your office or serves you coffee?
Living Room is a series of short films by visual artist Nina Sanadze. Each film presents a portrait of a Melbourne artist captured in their home studio and sometimes at their job too. Shot on the mobile phone during the time of Covid lockdowns, the films blend domestic and political, private and public creating personal, insightful biographies of artists and life conditions of our time.
The slow panning camera creates a witness view where people and objects are still, presenting a slice of time and timelessness, reminiscent of a theatrical tableau. A moving picture that doesn’t move, a film evoking a monument. The narrative is told through domestic objects, trinkets, books, textures, tools and artworks, producing a synaesthesia of sound and image. The home becomes a rare still life, uncovering ephemerality, beauty and the unique and rich world of its inhabitants. House and objects become epic, revealing stories and history through the micro and macro dimensions.
Nina Sanadze’s artistic practice variously employs sculptural form, installation, public art, performance and film to reflect upon the embedded psychology of built environments and communities. She is interested in revealing beauty and meaning through these poetic means and humour.
Referencing grand political narratives through the visual history of monumental public art and architecture, Nina’s artistic projects explore themes of threat, fear and collective memory. By addressing transnational and transcultural motifs on an individual scale through strategies of transmedial worldmaking, she seeks to experientially merge the personal and political, public and private, monumental and domestic, tragedy and beauty.