A phantom city

Gular Abbasova

“Although it is an ancient city, for me Tbilisi has a young and inspirational spirit. It is a space with unique contrast. It is a free and, sometimes, a rebellious city,” says Gular Abbasova, who lived in the Georgian capital for a year and a half as a student.

In her short poetic film, Abbasova explores Tbilisi’s human-built environment in an unusual way: using only sounds, lights and shadows, she carves out the shape of Tbilisi, creating a portrait of the city that captures its conflicting narratives of joy, sorrow and mystery. 

“Almost nothing stays in the shade and nothing is lost in the shadows here. It’s easy to communicate with the city,” Gular says.

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