Alevtina Kakhidze was born in eastern Ukraine, ten kilometers from Viktor Yanukovych’s hometown Enakievo. She inherited Georgian surname from her father, and was raised within Russian culture, in its Soviet incarnation. Having lived in Kiev and in Muzychi (Central Ukraine) since 1995, with the exception of a two year research term at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2004-2006), Kakhidze declares about her multi-level culture identity, including Ukrainian, Georgian and West European mentality.
Kakhidze has been an active and visible supporter of Maidan movements during winter 2013-2014. Information war between Ukraine and Russia, West and East, together with her multivalent personal biography, formed the complex basis of her work for Manifesta 10 Where The Wild Things Are.
During a residency in HIAP, Alevtina Kakhidze is going to research The Soviet-Finnish War, also called The Winter War, in order to create a link to contemporary situation in the East Ukraine with its military involvement of Russia there.