Wato Tsereteli is a photographer, curator and creative manager.
He studied film in Tbilisi and received a master's degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
For 21 years now, Wato has been working with artists and cultural entrepreneurs
, helping each find their own way in art and guiding them in realizing their creative vision.
In 2000, Wato Tsereteli, together with a group of artists and researchers, created the Media Art Farm (MAF), the first platform in Georgia for the education, research and development of contemporary art.
The Institute of Photography and New Media then became part of the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts, as the first ever department of photography.
In 2009, Wato Tsereteli was an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at the Tbilisi Academy of Arts and simultaneously founded the Center of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi, an international educational and cultural platform with a 9-month informal Master's program in Creative Mediation.
The program was developed by Wato based on Joseph Boyes' understanding of social sculpture; in it, students develop projects for social innovation, taking their artistic thinking from the studio out to social reality. The program was a participant in international educational exhibitions and symposia such as: the Frieze Projects Simpozium, London 2017; Exhibition and workshops, Taiwan 2018; Korean Research Fellow 10X10, Korea 2018; Art and design education, Shanghai 2019, etc.
Wato oversees international art exhibitions
at the Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi National Gallery, IFA Gallery Berlin, Claipedos Center for Culture and Communication Lithuania, CCA-Tbilisi, and others.
In 2012, Wato Tsereteli became the founder, co-curator and artistic director of the Tbilisi Triennial of Art and Social Innovations. Wato is also an artist, author, editor and publisher.
, interview with Charles Esher, Peter Noever, Carl Pruscha 2012;
— Tbilisi — Archive of Transition
, Niggly 2018;
— Inventory and Processes: perspectives for development CCA-Tbilisi, 2018.
Read more about Wato's projects on his site