Meggy Rustamova (b.1985, Tbilisi, Georgia) is developing an interdisciplinary oeuvre of photographs, videos, installations and performances with a deeply poetic undertone. Observing the relationships between individual and collective memory, language and human behaviour, her work searches for ways in which to translate contemporary social trends. Subtle humour and the presence of nature and landscapes are characteristic of her work. Her oeuvre has evolved along increasingly international lines in recent years, with a range of exhibitions both at home and abroad.
The artist lives and works in Brussels and Sint-Niklaas. She migrated to Belgium as a child, obtained her master’s degree in visual arts at the KASK in Ghent (2006-2011) and studied at the Universität der Kunsten in Berlin (2010) and the HISK (2012-2013). She has recently completed a residency in New York as part of the Residency Unlimited programme (2018).
Rustamova has exhibited, amongst other places, at the Fotomuseum, Charleroi (2019), Arter, Istanbul (2019), Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Brussels (2019), Argos, Brussels (2019), RU, New York (2018), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018), de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (2017), International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2016), Tallinn Art Hall (2016), Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2015), Bureau des réalites, Brussels (2015) Kunsthalle Wien (2015), 6th Moscow Biennale (2015) and the Salzburger Kunstverein (2014). Her work has been acquired by Argos, Belfius, the Flemish Government and S.M.A.K. The following artworks by Rustamova form part of the S.M.A.K. collection: ‘Waiting for the secret’, ‘Observations’ and ‘L’invitation au Voyage (Invitation to the Voyage)’.
On the occasion of Meggy Rustamova's exhibition at the Friends of S.M.A.K. (opening foreseen on 18.09.2020) and the launch of the book 'Horizon', the artist made an edition. It will be published by Posture Editions and the Friends of S.M.A.K.
The work is entitled '1000 km in Vogelvlucht - 621,371 miles at Bird's Eye View' and unfolds like a storyboard with a series of photographs of the sky and of birds taken by the author over the past two years. From a condor in Arizona to black-backed gulls in Iceland in the North Atlantic, the work aims to create a story that reflects an individual's daily need for freedom, travel and nature.