author: Anastasia Sargarovschi

authors: Greta Herzig & Jule Bressler

authors: Greta Herzig & Jule Bressler

author: Kateryna Kormilets

author: Katheryna Mahnytska

An article in the British newspaper „The Guardian“ described a clash on May 14 2018 between progressive and traditional, where clubs of the urban, hip youth where targeted. „In this socially conservative former Soviet country, the clubs that were raided are beacons of tolerance and progressive values. Bassiani, a cavernous concrete pleasure dome beneath the national football stadium, also operates a companion LGBT club called Horoom. The more intimate Cafe Gallery is the pioneering LGBT-friendly dance venue that first started to nurture Georgian techno culture in 2010. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 2000 and laws prevent discrimination on grounds of sexuality. But gay marriage remains illegal and LGBT Georgians often face hostility, so clubs such as these have become safe spaces. „The raid was not an operation against drug dealers – it was an operation against freedom,” insisted Bassiani’s co-owner Zviad Gelbakhiani, who was detained for several hours in the aftermath. Like both clubs’ other owners, he has not been charged with any criminal offence. Techno emerged earlier this decade as a mass youth movement in this small Caucasus state, and has become the soundtrack to the lives of thousands of European-oriented Georgians who want a more socially liberal future.

They are from the generation that grew up in the years after independence from the Soviet empire, immersed in the turbulent political atmosphere of a country turning away from Moscow and towards Europe. The shift was sealed by Georgia’s brief but brutal war with Russia in 2008, but the changes in the country have caused friction between liberals and conservatives, as was starkly evident on May 14.“

My pictures show „Fabrica“, a cultural centre, hostel, bar and event location and it’s surrounding area. It is one of Tbilisi‘s urban youth „places to be“. Do you see the conflict?

author: Evelyn Meister

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