While in Barcelona, where he will stay and work for a period of two years, Irakli is hosted by ICORNs partner PEN Català. He is active in the social networks, both in Georgia, and abroad. With his participation in the festival he has entered actively into the literary scene of Barcelona.
Irakli Kakabadze participates in Synesthesia, Barcelona’s second video poetry exhibition, with his Generation of Faithless Monks. In the videopoem, Irakli Kakabadze is filmed while reading in some of Barcelona’s urban landscapes and landmarks, such as the Plaça de la Catedral, the Sagrada Famiíia, the Rambla del Raval and the neighbourhoods of Gracia and Born.The poem expresses a strong critique of the church, but also of the behaviour and attitude of our society in general, so the message can also be extended to our country (maybe say Spain here) and our society.
Generation of Faithless Monks
Irakli Zurab Kakabadze was born in Republic of Georgia. Having been reared in a literary family-his father and uncle both renowned writers- it came as no surprise that he would become a writer.
Kakabadze studied 20th century philosophy and sociology at Tbilisi State University and during late 1980's, he was a key leader of the student opposition to the Soviet government.
By the age of 20, he was the youngest member of the National Forum of Georgia, the leading national liberation movement. Kakabadze was as a correspondent for the Voice of America's Georgian Service at the United Nations, and as a language and culture instructor for the Foreign Service Institute, and from 1997-2002 he worked as a Program Associate at the National Peace Foundation and SC office coordinator for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Washington, DC where he focused his efforts on coordinating various peace conferences and forums for the South Caucasus region of Eastern Europe. Kakabadze holds an M.S. degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Virginia.
Kakabadze is a multifaceted artist and has collaborated with a number of other writers and performers to establish ongoing projects such as the Polyphonic Blues Band and the theater group Theater for Change.
In 2006 one of Kakabadze's collaborative partners died under mysterious circumstances and Kakabadze was arrested three times for voicing his criticisms of the government. He has been continuously harassed and earlier this year arrived in Barcelona City of Refuge.