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Self-taught Georgian diorama artist protests Russian aggression with work

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A few days ago I came across an interesting and, at the same time, sad photo on a social network. It was a diorama depicting one of the many homes destroyed as a result of the devastating war in the now Russian-occupied region of Abkhazia more than 30 years ago. The inscription of the image read “it is a house destroyed by the hand of evil, but which is still alive and which carries great emotions”.

The work came from the self-taught artist Tamuna Yanvarashviliwho has been creating miniatures for about a year.

In an interview with agenda.ge, Ianvarashvili said she wanted to use the diorama as a form of peaceful protest against Russia’s occupation of Georgian regions and its brutality in February’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ianvarashvili said creating the miniature model of the destroyed house was the “biggest challenge and biggest responsibility” for her. Photo: Tamuna Yanvarashvili.

I was eager to express my protest against the Russian aggression not with words, but with my hands, so I found and created the miniature of the house destroyed during the war in Abkhazia,” we were told. she says.

The artist said for her that the diorama was “unique” in being shown in a destroyed state, but simultaneously alive with an interesting story, and “awaiting its owner”.

To create miniature works of art, the self-taught artist uses natural and artificial materials, including moss, flowers, soil, hemp rope, moss and many more. Photo: Tamuna Yanvarashvili/Facebook.

Ianvarashvili said she believed that with the loss of the house, its original owner had lost the most precious thing he owned in the area he had to flee following the conflict in the 1990s. She told us that she was looking forward to reuniting with the owner and showing him the piece of her old house.

The war in the northwestern region of Georgia, Abkhazia, between 1992 and 1993 claimed the lives of between 13,000 and 20,000 ethnic Georgians and about 3,000 Abkhazians, more than 250,000 Georgians were displaced inside the country and about 2,000 are still missing.