Bio

Mano Svanidze (1992) is a self-taught Georgian photographer currently based in Tbilisi. She graduated from Tbilisi State University, faculty of Economics and Business with a BA in Marketing. She also studied composition and music for 10 years. In 2009 she discovered her interest in photography. Mano is a member and co-founder of Georgian Photo Collective - 90’x Collective. Her work has been published in various media outlets and exhibited in several countries including Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, South Korea, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Italy. Among different nominations and awards, In 2019 Mano received Equality Award for her long term documentary work about transgender women in Georgia.  She is also one of the winners of Multimedia Production Lab Grant for South Caucasian female photographers. In 2020 Mano was selected as one of 30 best women photographers under the age of 30; the same year she won Magnum Photo Workshop Scholarship with Antoine D'agata. 

Currently she works as a freelance photojournalist at media platform Chai Khana.

CV

Education
2010 - 2014 Tbilisi State University, bachelor in business administration in marketing
1998 - 2008 Tbilisi Arts College, composition and music

Workshops
2020 - VII Academy - Photojournalism and Documentary Photography with Maciek Nabrdalik and Mary Gelman
2020 - Mentorship Program with Justyna Mielnikiewicz/MAPS
2019 - Sputnik Photos Workshop with Adam Panczuk and Jan Brykczynski during Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Tbilisi, Georgia)
2019 - Photography Workshop with Karolina Jonderko (Tbilisi, Georgia)
2018 - Storytelling Workshop with Hendrik Hellige, Dina Oganova and Davit A. Gabunia (Tbilisi, Georgia)
2017 - Transcultural Art Lab Photography Workshop with Johanna Landscheidt (Juist, Germany)
2017 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo Workshop "The Art Of Making Photo Books" with Wolfgang Zurborn (Tbilisi, Georgia)


Awards/Mentions
2020 - Monovisions Photography Awards - Honorable Mention in Conceptual Category
2020 - VII Academy Scholarship - Photojournalism and Documentary photography - 12 week online seminar 
2020 - Interchange - Main exhibition "Fragile" winner
2020 - Tbilisi Photo Festival - I_Residency grant- winner
2020 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo - Shortlisted
2020 - Magnum Photo Workshop Scholarship with Antoine D'agata - Winner
2020 - 30 Under 30 Women Photographers - selected by Artpil
2019 - Equality Award 2019 - Winner
2019 - National Geographic Georgia, photo contest "Planet or Plastic?" - Selected
2019 - Batumi PhotoDays - Main exhibition "Mirror Land" winner
2019 - Monovisions Photography Awards - Honorable Mention in Nude Category
2019 - Georgia Photo Agency photo contest "Women in Society" - Second Place Winner
2019 - PhotoCULT "We are there where we were going" - Shortlisted
2019 - Multimedia Production Lab Grant for South Caucasian female photographers - Winner
2019 - ESPY Photography Award - Shortlisted
2018 - IKA AWARD - Nominated photographer
2018 - Format Picks - Self Portrait Edition - Shortlisted
2018 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo - Special Prize
2018 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo - Nominated for Best Mobile Photo Series
2018 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo - Shortlisted
2014 - Artisterium’s and Photoessay’s joint Photo Contest “Houston, we have a problem!” - Third Place
2014 - UNFPA UN joint program “Promotion of Gender Equality in Georgia” - Winner

Exhibitions/Festivals/Screenings
2020 - (POSTPONED) Group exhibition - Interchange Festival "Fragile"
2020 - (POSTPONED) Group Exhibition during Tbilisi Photo Festival, I_residency - Female Artists during Isolation, Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2020 -  (POSTPONED) Group exhibition - Artpil 30 under 30 women photographer 
2020 - (POSTPONED) - Personal Exhibition "Five Second Rule", Untitled Gallery
2020 - Group Exhibition - Enclosed Garden #2, Heroines Wave (Online)
2020 - Screening and Panel Discussion of "Five Second Rule", South Caucasian Women photography, Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia museum (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2020 - Group exhibition during EU prize  for Journalism award ceremony, Stamba hotel (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2019 - Group exhibition of 90'x Collective "Stolen Stories", Salaam Cinema (Azerbaijan, Baku)
2019- Group Exhibition National Geographic Georgia "Planet or Plastic?", Shortlisted photos (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2019 - Suwon International Photo festival,"Mirror Land", Batumi Photodays (Suwon, South Korea)
2019 - Group Exhibition "ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS: THE SOUTH CAUCASUS PHOTOGRAPHY Part I", Special Guest - Chai Khana, during Tbilisi Photo Festival, MoMA Tbilisi (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2019 - "Pilot" during the Batumi Photodays main exhibition "Mirror Land" (Georgia, Batumi)
2019 - Group Exhibition Georgia Photo Agency "Women in Society", Finalists, National Science Library of Georgia (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2019 - Group Exhibition Georgia Photo Agency "Women in Society", Finalists Exhibition, Moxy Hotel (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2019 - Art on a Postcard's Urban Contemporary and Street photography Auction, Old Spitalfields Market (United Kindgom, London)
2019 - Screening during the Group Exhibition "We are there where we were going", PhotoCULT, Pasinger Fabric Cultural Center (Germany, Munich)
2019 - Group Exhibition of ESPY Photography Award, Elysium Gallery (United Kindgom, Swansea)
2019 - Group exhibition of 90'x Collective "Stolen Stories" while Kolga Tbilisi Photo week, Untitled Gallery (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2019 - Group Exhibition for "KIKI" - Series of Queer events, 1 year anniversary, KHIDI (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2018 - Group Exhibition for human rights week campaign of EU for Georgia, Rustaveli Street (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2018 - Group Exhibition "Passions and Rights", Fabrika (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2018 - Group Exhibition "Memories", Millepiani Gallery (Italy, Rome)
2018 - Group Exhibition "90'x collective" (Georgia, Batumi)
2018 - Group Exhibition "Alteration", Millepiani Gallery (Italy, Rome)
2018 - Group Exhibition of Kolga Tbilisi Photo Winners, GeoArt Gallery (Germany, Berlin)
2018 - Group Exhibition Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Award Exhibition (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2018 - Group Exhibition “Take me somewhere nice", Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (Armenia, Yerevan)
2018 - Group Exhibition “Take me somewhere nice", Bunker Artground (Azerbaijan, Baku)
2017 - Group Exhibition “Take me somewhere nice", Artarea Gallery (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2017 - Group Exhibition “Trans Media Images", Hashtag 8, closed exhibition, (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2017 - Group Exhibition “Take me somewhere nice", Glogauair (Germany, Berlin)
2017 - Group Exhibition “Trans Media Images", MTKVARZE (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2017 - Group Exhibition “Utopia”, Jubi-Juist (Germany, Juist)
2017 - Group Exhibition “Three Angles”, Contemporary Art Space (Georgia, Batumi)
2016 - Group Exhibition “Daydreams” (UK, Bargoed)
2015 - Screening "Imagine" during Tbilisi Photo Festival’s Night of Photography (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2014 - Solo Exhibition "Fragments" during Artside Fest, House of Writers (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2014 - Group Exhibition “Nød Hjelp” (Norway, Arendal)
2014 - Group Exhibition “Promotion of Gender Equality in Georgia”, The Museum of Modern Art (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2013 - Group Exhibition “Black Sea Project” (UK, Abertillery)
2013 - Group Exhibition “Behind Her ‘I’s” (UK, Abertillery)
2013 - Group Exhibition “Fill Heritage with life of art” (Ukraine, Feodosia)
2012 - Group Exhibition “Photo Club Boke, memories”, Gallery 21 (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2012 - Group Exhibition “A room of one’s owns” (Georgia, Tbilisi)
2011 - Group Exhibition “Food for all” (Sweden, Stockholm)
2011 - Group Exhibition “Food for all” (Georgia, Tbilisi)


Publications/Web Features/Interviews
2020 - Heroines Wave - Enclosed Garden #2
2020 - GrlzWave - #queershelter
2020 - Artarea TV - Interview
2020 - Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum, Darkroom Voices, Podcast - Waiting for Vacation
2020 - Fast Forward: Women in Photography - Five Second Rule
2020 - Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum - Feeling Blue
2020 - ARCCA Magazine - Interview
2020 - Red Moon Magazine - Interview
2020 - Chai Khana Media - Feeling Blue
2020 - Edge of Humanity Magazine - Things I Stole
2020 - Kiosk Der Demokratie - Pilot
2020 - Kiosk der Demokratie - Things I Stole
2020 - Kiosk der Demokratie - Waiting for Vacation
2020 - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC - Female photographers "talk" about tabooed social issues
2020 - Imedi TV - Interview
2020 - Artarea TV - Interview
2020 - TV Mtavari Arkhi - Interview 
2020 - Don't Take Picture - photo of the day
2020 - 30 Under 30 Women Photographers
2019 - The Most Inspiring Georgian Photographers You should Know
2019 - Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum - Five Second Rule
2019 - Eastern European Photography Magazine (EEP berlin) - Pilot (print)
2019 - Georgian Photo Agency (print)
2019 - Chai-Khana - Remote-controlled addiction
2019 - Chai Khana - Lemon, baking Soda, onions - ending a pregnancy at home
2019 - L'Oeil de la photographie - Things I Stole
2019 - Dodho Magazine - Pilot
2019 - LOENKE magazine - Interview
2019 - Georgian Broadcaster - reportage about 90'x Collective - Stolen Stories
2019 - TV IMEDI - reportage about 90'x Collective - Stolen Stories
2019 - ARTPIL - Profile
2019 - Chai Khana - Do the clothes make a man?
2019 - Reed Moon Magazine - Things I Stole
2019 - SORA Magazine - "Things I Stole"
2019 - Ajam Media Collective - 90'x Collective
2019 - Analog Magazine - Things I stole
2019 - TV IMEDI - Interview
2019 - Red Moon Magazine - How was your day?
2019 - House of Girls - Things I Stole
2018 - Chai Khana - From Delhi to Delisi
2018 - Doka Photography - Featured Artist
2018 - Chai Khana - The Womanly Face of War
2018 - Indigo Magazine - 90'x collective
2018 - Post Pravda Magazine - Waiting for Vacation
2018 - The Eye of Photography - Waiting for Vacation
2018 - Dodho Magazine - Things I Stole
2018 - Dodho Magazine - How was your day?
2018 - Positive Magazine - How was your day?
2018 - Kolga Tbilisi Photo Catalogue
2018 - Bleek Magazine - Waiting for Vacation
2018 - Chai Khana - Georgia's 20-Somethings: Pursuing Privacy
2018 - F-Stop Magazine - Issue-Open theme
2018 - Format Magazine - How 20 Artists See Themselves
2018 - Ours Photo Magazine - Online Gallery-Identity
2018 - Kiosk der Demokratie - Imagine
2018 - Kiosk der Demokratie - People Around Me
2018 - Kiosk der Demokratie - Usual Day (Existence)
2017 - Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale - La Prima Volta Dei Ragazzi Georgiani
2017 - Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa - La Prima Volta dei Ragazzi Georgiani
2017 - Chai Khana When the Wind Blows
2017 - Chai Khana The Sexual Blessing of a Georgian Man
2017 - Chai Khana Tomorrow's Song
2016 - Chai Khana Faded Friendships
2016 - The Kickplate Project - Daydreams Artists
2015 - Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum - Myangle, Imagine
2015 - Photoessay Magazine
2015 - FinestrAperta
2014 - Photoessay Magazine
2013 - WalesOnline
2012 - Photo Catalogue "a Room of One's Own".


Internships
2019 - Prospekt Photo Agency, Internship (Milan, Italy)
2018 - Fotografia Gallery, Internship (Tbilisi, Georgia)


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