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It‘s our future and our country

Artist Blog by Jana Islinger

The last chapter of my work is about the „new generation“ of Georgia, which means those who were born after the end of communism in 1991. Since they grew up in a completely different system than their parents, their views differ far more fundamentally than it is the case in Western Europe, for example. They grew up in a world where the possibility for free decisions should have been a matter of course, but today they still have to deal with the traditional values of society. Their parents were brought up to believe that other opinions are not allowed, which makes it difficult to dialogue with them. This also leads to many young people not feeling represented by the parties their parents vote for. Slowly, however, they are becoming more vocal, becoming politically active, and voting for small, young parties. They demand a quick connection to the EU and many of them want to experience the freedom in which the European, young generations grow up.

For many young people, especially from Tbilisi, techno culture is a way to show their protest. For them, techno stands for a life full of freedom, openness, and diversity. All things that conservative forces in Georgia disapprove of and see as a threat to traditional structures.

1: Mariam and Mariam, Tbilis, Georgia 1: Renata (29) in a car, Tbilisi, Georgia 2: Teenagers above Tbilisi, Georgia 4: Youths in Gldani, Tbilisi, Georgia