Transfiguration or 17 On

The passion for turning light into shadow, day into night, one image into another, takes Giorgi Shengelia from bright spaces into the darkroom. He chooses the darkroom as his territory of experimentation and exploration; whereby manipulating light, the artist transfigures humans, animals, plants, snow, rain into a visual order of light and shadow. ‘Here’, in the process of sculpting light, time takes shape and shadow takes colour. ‘Here’ is Giorgi Shengelia’s experimental territory which is created through technical, chemical and deeply aesthetic explorations – from shooting an image to printing it with his signature method.

Operating through materials, spaces, sources of light and image, and obtaining multi-layered image through modifications, is Giorgi Shengelia’s recent artistic challenge, aspiration, goal and desire. The space of his experiments turns the image into a kind of ‘visual haiku’, which is saturated with melancholic delicacy and nostalgia for the lost, faded world; and similar to haiku, it seems to fit the whole universe in 17 syllables. The multi-layered image, the artist is working in the darkroom is loaded with meanings and the increasingly rare luxury of enjoying the ephemeral in the relentlessly accelerated rhythm of rational modernity, along with the reflections on infinite to finite.

The photo series were created between 2019 and 2021.

Giorgi Shengelia



Giorgi Shengelia was born in 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated in Power Engineering and Telecommunication communication from Georgian Technical University in 2006 and moved to Florence, Italy with his family. It was while living there that he developed his interest in art and photography and in 2012 he decided to follow the courses of photojournalism at Fondazione Studio Marangoni. After completing his first personal project (Four Rooms on everyday life of Georgian women migrants in Italy) he returned to Tbilisi where he works as a freelance photographer. In parallel with his documentary work, he develops a more plastic and more artisanal photography.