Discover Georgia's ancient land through your lens, with the first-ever photo expedition in Javakheti, one of the most precious and least-known parts of Georgia. This unique workshop mixes portrait, landscape, and social photography. Run by two Georgian artists and photographers Ana Patladze and Elene Glonti, and a Ukrainian wine specialist Anna Popruga.
Ana and Elene are an artistic duo, who have spent years working in the suburbs of their country- Georgia, while Anna Popruga is a wine expert and has been working with Georgian winemakers village by village. Our expedition aspires to be an authentic experience, a combo of the capital city Tbilisi and two regions Javakheti and Meskheti. Locals will guide us through the hidden gems of their villages, gastronomy, and legends.
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May 24th-29th, 2024 - 2450$
Single/double accommodation with breakfast
Khedi Hotel Tbilisi
Transportation and driver throughout the expedition.
4 days of Photography guidance
Street photography workshops
Experimental developing and printing in the darkroom
Gastronomy and Culture
Guided tour through old tbilisi with a Georgian writer.
Studio Visit -“Georgia through 80s and 90s” Guram Tsibakhashvili
Legendery Gabriadze Theatre
Lunch at “Shavi Lomi”
Picnic with a breathtaking panorama
Private lunch at the nunnery
Goodbye dinner with Georgian Folk music.
* Lunchs, dinners and tickets included in the cost of the tour.
Not included: flight, insurance, airport-hotel pick up and drop off.
First-ever Photo expedition
In all of Georgia’s long and heavy history, Javakheti is probably one of its most tormented regions- its borders were closed up until 1991 even within Georgia - resulting in a land only 2 hours from Tbilisi but furthest from its people - the mystical, untouched both pained and tender it offers breathtaking views, history counting back to 12 century B.C . people of different races and religions living in the same village on the coast of lakes that seem to flow within one another forming a road leading our expedition to Vardzia - a monastery carved in caves where 500 monks used to live and pray in the 11th century.
The road once famous as a Silk Road - connecting Europe to Asia - Arabian Caravans to French couture passed through Georgia, through Javakheti. Georgia is believed to be the cradle of wine and wheat - born in Javakheti. For us, it is crucial to see and show the real stories, the real people behind these landscapes. have authentic experiences through true connections with the locals, where we will have the chance to touch their lives and learn from them.
The first floor of the Writer’s House Tbilisi is the cultural mecca of today's Georgia, the evenings and nights are booked up with cultural gatherings, poetry readings, and discussions, and the second floor offers you the Museum of repressed writers of Georgia and the third floor - a residency, making it the best place to stay and experience both the contemporary cultural life of Georgia and its historical past. the trip will start with a welcome breakfast at Writer’s House Garden and a guided tour of Tbilisi by one of its greatest writers. Join us on this amazing journey, let's explore where do we come from,where do we go....
Meet the Team
Ana Patladze is a photographer based in Tbilisi.
After studying the history of art in Italy and photojournalism in Hungary she returned to Tbilisi to run the only photography gallery in Georgia called “Fotografia”.
Ana’s photography includes both personal and conceptual themes and social photography.
Her latest work was a 5-year project set in the mining towns of Georgia.
Elene Glonti is a multimedia artist based in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, NYC in 2018, with a concentration in multimedia art and film directing.
After her graduation, Elene spent a year in New York City as an assistant to the American photographer Joel Sternfeld and an American contemporary artist Tishan Hsu.
Since her years of emigration, Elene has concentrated on the themes of alienation, migration, and the concept of belonging, losing, and finding “home”, working in different mediums including- video, installation, painting, and film.