We accompanied five different young Georgians of different backgrounds and biographies
for some time, and asked them questions about their life and their country. How are young
people in Georgia envisioning their own future? What are their dreams, hopes and
visions? Is there such thing as a “young Georgian identity”?
This reportage is an exemplary approach towards a young Georgian society, with a view
on artists, subculture, activism, and middle-class life.
Approximately 4 million people live in Georgia today, 35% of the population are under 35 years of age. Georgia is a young democratic country but the influence of almost 70 years Soviet reign is still perceptible. After years of civil war in the 1990s, the autocratic
government of Eduard Shevardnadze, and the “Rose Revolution” of 2004, the country
finally became more stable and opened itself to the west. After 1991 the influence of
the Orthodox Church in Georgia began to rise again constantly. In recent years there have
been discussions whether Georgia should follow a path to pro-European politics or should
converge more towards Russia.
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Hermann is 27 years old and half Hungarian, but his Hungarian
ancestors have been living in Georgia for almost three generations. A
little unusual for a Georgian of his age, he doesn´t live with his parents
anymore. He holds a bachelor in political science and works as a PR
Manager for the newly founded political party “Girchi” (engl.: Pine Cone). In
the oncoming elections he hopes to get a seat in the parliament if the
party manages to succeed in the election.
His plans for the future are diverse, putting up a start-up with friends
is one of them. Apart from drawing sketches, he plans to write some
science fiction novels, because there´s no real market for good
science fiction in Georgia yet, he says.
Nitsa is a 21 year old, who was born in Tiflis and lives alone with her parents. She is
studying medical science and works as a junior doctor at the Chapidze Heart Center in
Tiflis. In the future she likes to continue her studies abroad, in the US or somewhere in
Apart from being a very ambitious physician, friendship and also religion are very
important parts of Nitsa´s life.
Nicholas is the owner of a popular bar in Tiflis and also owner of the first barbershop in
Georgia. His father is a well-known opera singer and has distant relations to Eduard
Shevardnadze, the former president of the Georgian Republic. Originally an
accomplished actor, Nicholas decided to open a bar with his friend Edward at the age of 20.
Nicholas is now 26 years old and father of a 1 year old boy.
Born in Tiflis, Toko is 24 year´s old and lives together with his brother and parents. He´s
been studying political science at the Tiflis State University for 7 years, and likes to pursue
an academical career in university afterwards.
Toko was the cofounder of a self-organized left wing student group, and writes also
articles for the social democratic internet journal IOPG. Political activism is very important
for Toko, although he doesn´t want to take up a leading position in a political movement.
Musya came from Poti (Black Sea Coast) to Tiflis to study graphic design. Now she works
as an art director for an advertisement agency.
Apart from her day job she is painting graffiti and street art. Her paintings often depict
nudity and sexual content or express some form of protest against social problems.
Musya though doesn´t consider her art sexual or political. She admires the esthetics of the
human body and likes to express her opinion about certain important social issues like
LBGT* discrimination and marijuana legalisation, she says.
She has a three year old son out of a relationship with her ex-boyfriend. They lived
together for five years but weren´t officially married. Musya is 25 years old and getting
more and more known for her street art in Tiflis.
* Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender
The “New Political Center – Girchi” (NPC-G) was founded in November 2015 by Zurab
Japaridze and fellow parliamentarians, following a split from the, formerly ruling, “United
National Movement” (UNM). The NPC is a liberal, pro-western party. In opposition to the
currently ruling “Georgian Dream” coalition, it promotes democratic values like individual
freedom and the freedom of opinion and religion. It engages in the protection of religious,
ethnical and sexual minorities. The name “Girchi” (engl.: pine cone) should symbolize freshness
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The Chapidze Emergency Cardiology Center was founded in 1994 by the famous
Georgian cardiologist Professor Gulnara Chapidze, who was a pioneer in the research and
treatment of cardiac diseases. The Chapidze Heart Center was the first clinic for invasive
cardiology in Georgia. Since 1998 the center is in collaboration with the German “Heart
Center Bad Krozingen” with the staff undergoing trainings in Germany. Culminating in the
foundation of the “Georgian-German Hospital Chapidze Heart Center” in 2011, working
according to European standards of treatment.
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Street art has its origins along with graffiti in the 1980s. It is a form of visual, non-commercial
art created in public places. Street artists use a variety of techniques such as
markers, stickers, paintbrushes and spray paint. In contrast to graffiti usually the
pictographic part prevails.
Street art in Georgia started sometime around 2005 and is still small, but becoming more
and more popular.
Today there are 10 known street artists in Georgia with Musya amongst them.
The currently most popular street artist in Georgia is “Dr.Love”, internationally recognized
for his work regarding air pollution. Appearing at international street art festivals like the
“Bristol Upfest” and the “global street art show” in Germany.
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The “Canudos Ethnic Bar” was founded in 2011 by Nicholas and some of his friends. It
was named after the historic Brazilian city Canudos, a city inhabited by a diversity of
paupers, landless peasants, criminal outlaws and ethnic minorities resisting the Brazilian
The bar is located not far from the city centre, between the Tbilisi Concert Hall and the
Opera, near the river Kuna and the Rustaveli metro station. It is a meeting place for a
variety of mainly young visitors often with a rather alternative, or subcultural background.
The place regularly hosts parties and concerts and is well known for its cheap drinks.
According to Nicholas it was the first bar in Tiflis attracting mainly young people.
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The “Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University” (TSU) was founded in 1918 and named after one of its founders, the Georgian historian Ivane Javakhishvili. The TSU is the oldest
university in Georgia and the Caucasus region.
Today 22000 students are enrolled, undergoing studies in seven different faculties.
In March 2016 it came to massive student protests, as student groups physically
prevented the election of chancellor Giorgi Gaprindashvili. The student stated the election
was undemocratic, because there was only one candidate. They also accused
Gaprindashvili of being responsible for corrupt university spending policies.