Because of 25 year long conflict situation in Georgia, 65% of the population is under poverty level. Internally displaced persons, along with the village population are settled down in Tbilisi, mainly. Unemployment is the main problem in the country. Among socially disadvantaged population, there are some in a critical situation, without housing, however, there is no statistics about them. Two years ago, it was established a tent shelter for homeless people on Moscow Avenue in Tbilisi.
According to city authorities, tents are just a temporary solution, while a new shelter is created soon. Notwithstanding, how perfect the new shelter is going to be, some of homeless people are reluctant to settle there. There are several categories of homeless people. Those who work with cart, alcohol addicted, internally displaced, ex prisoners, and those who left house because of conflicts. Homeless people from the station square are the ones who work with cart. This is the only income they have and meantime, cart is there bed during nights as well. Some of them are from regions and they would prefer not to waste money for house rent. Some of them cannot return to homes because of conflict, some, just have nowhere to go. Undergrounds, counters of outside traiders, street markets, are overnight stay for them.
Shengelia Giorgi – artist, photographer and photojournalist. Born in 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Graduated from Insitute in 2006, faculty of communication, and in 2009 moved with his family to live in Florence, Italy. While living there Giorgi became interested in art and photography in 2012 he decided to take a course in photojournalism in the school of Marangoni. After finishing His first photo project (four rooms) he moved back to live to Tbilisi, Georgia. Since 2013 George Shengelia is living in Georgia and works on independent photo projects,he also doth work in regards to modern art. In 2014 he was chosen for Noor-Nikon Masterclass Istambul and from same year he is collaborating with Tbilisi Photo Festival, since 2015 he’s also collaborated with photojournalist collective Dysturb.