Archaeology of Love
06.04.2012 00:00On 5 April Tsiza Gumba challenged the world's best cosmetologists - in front of the audience gathered at the Cultural Center of Daur Zantariya, the hero of the occasion Chepiya Rauf, been in the seventies the first speaker of the Abkhazian television, became 15-20 years younger. At the beginning of the meeting, he was sixty, battered by life, and after two hours of memories and friendly comments in front of us sat a thin handsome man with a pink skin and shining eyes.
The head of the NGO "National Resources" Tsiza Gumba for several years has been engaged with a strange business for our time – she grubs out our recent past and revives names. First, she had created out of nothing the Cultural Center of Daur Zantariya, gathering bit by bit personal belongings of a lost Abkhazian writer and poet Daur Zantariya, who died in a strange land, and was buried in his homeland. Now, under a glass of the memorial table his books published in Russia (in Abkhazia they just begin to publish) stand and pictures of ardent Daur, surrounded by friends and famous people hang on the walls. Preferring bohemian life, Daur with gentle hands of Tsizy gradually acquires a memorial gloss - a natural process that preserves for descendants a live stream of a personality in the museum's box.
Now Tsiza took up the other members of amra tribe (young people who visited the café “Amra” before the war) and pulled into the focus of public attention Daur Zantariya’s closest friend - Rauf Chepiya, a philologist. Of course, it was interesting to listen to a story about draconian methods of Soviet censorship on the radio and TV, but more importantly was another thing - the atmosphere of a refined and friendly support was being resurrected in the Cultural Center. Tsiza dug out a niche of mutual understanding, retaining its deep flavor, despite of historical cataclysms and death of many participants.
It turned out that a person needs attention and love of friends not less than air and bread - not only Rauf Chepiya became younger, all of us sitting in the hall felt the breath of youth, with its romantic cult of openness to the world and senses.
Contrary to aggression, grabbing and carelessness that affected a large part of our society, Tsiza Gumba is searching for humaneness in the obstruction of daily bustle and finds gold spangles of which again will appear the unique, cultural and historical flavor of human coexistence.