* 1979 in Tiflis, GE, lives and works in Berlin
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili’s work can be viewed as a constant and consistent examination of the medium of photography. For her works created for Produktion. Made in Germany Drei, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili has looked at various locking mechanisms by security companies. Instead of actual models, she uses the companies’ advertising material found on the Internet as a template, which she then photographs from a large computer screen. In a constant circle of reality and virtuality, she photographs a digital image with an analog camera, in order to once more digitize and reproduce the analog print. This play with image and representation – with being and appearance –, symbolizes the questionable ideal of hermetically closed systems. However, this impression is immediately countered by a used, yet colorful and shiny gift ribbon, hanging loosely off the edge of the screen. The carpeted installation further evokes a cramped and rather claustrophobic atmosphere.