Sophio Medoidze

works

Black sea is really black

Andropov's Ears

Questions and Answers

Kleenex (let it out)

This video is about children and language

Moso's story

Laboratory for the Future

Prelude

Details Did Disappeared

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other works

books

writing

Bio

Links

contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to write an artist's statement and I am writing it now. As I write, some connection might occur between my writing and your reading, or it might not. Who knows. By the second paragraph you are supposed to know what my work looks like. This is the first paragraph. As I write, random ideas come to my head but I have nothing to say about my work. I have nothing to say and I am saying it. If you are reading this you might already know what my work looks like (do you?) and there is no need for the second paragraph. But let us assume you do not know. The End of first paragraph.
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Imagine a black square, a perfect rectangle. How would you describe it to someone who has never seen a black square in his life? By the way, did you know that in my language 'poison' and 'medicine' are the same word and there were 160 different spices of poisonous plants cultivated in Medea's garden.

We are on the second paragraph. Now, close your eyes. by the time I count to five you will be able to picture the black square from the first paragraph. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
Imagine a museum, a vast, half-empty space with objects awkwardly placed on plinths and in glass vitrines. They are simple everyday objects - a child's shoe, a tea cup, cardboard boxes, blue paint, small black-and-white photograph, a block of concrete. Six, seven, eight, nine, ten. You can open your eyes. The objects from the museum miraculously appear before you as you realise that we have been traveling in time for the last paragraph.

 

 

Education

MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK 2013-2015

MA in Fine Art Photography, London College of Communication - University of the Arts, London UK 2003-2005

BA (hons) in Film Theory and Criticism - University of Theatre and Cinema, Tbilisi, GE 1996-2001

 

 

Solo and Two Person Shows

EX(C)IT(e), 68 square meters gallery, Copenhagen, DK, 6 - 28 February 2015

Sophio Medoidze & Tank.Tv, MRA Projects Space, London, UK, 20th May 2010

Laboratory For The Future, Swiss Cottage Gallery, UK, 4 January -16 February 2008

 

 

Selected Exhibitions and Screenings

Art Wall, Video art on public projection screens, curated by Wato Tsereteli (CCA Tbilisi). Tbilisi, GE, 23 dec 2014 - 23 Jan 2015

We are only in it for Money, curated by Julika Gittner, Princess Alice, London, UK, 24th March- 16th April 2013

Westworld, curated by scare in the community, Xero, Kline, Coma gallery, London, UK, 29th July -19th August 2012 (catalogue)

All That Glitters is Not Institution, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 5th December 2010

This Is Not a Gateway, Hanbury Hall, London, UK 22-24 October 2010 (catalogue)

2nd Georgian Film Festival in London, Riverside studios, London, UK 25th Sept 2010 (catalogue)

After Paradjanov, Artists' film and video from Georgia, Arnolfini Bristol, UK, 9-11 April 2010

After Paradjanov, Artists film and video from Georgia, Pushkin House, London, UK, 8th April 2010

22nd Instants Video, Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine, 11th November 2009

Interzone/City, Galerija Galzenica, Zagreb, Croatia, 4 February - 15 March 2009 (catalogue)

Salon 08, VINEspace Gallery, Vyner Street, London, UK 4 – 22 December 2008 (catalogue)

Contemporary Georgian Photography, F Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania, 15 - 30 May 2007 (catalogue)

Artconcept - Festival of conceptual art, St Petersburg, Russia, 21 - 27 August 2006

MA Photography Show, Well Galleries, Lcc, London, UK, 8 - 25 November 2005

Insomnia, Oxo Tower, South Bank, London, UK, 18 - 26 June 2005 (catalogue)

The Art of Communication, Ofcom Riverside House, London, UK, 1 - 8 February 2004

 

Awards

Shortlisted for CCA Derry Production award, Ireland 2015

European Cultural Foundation, Step Beyond Research and Development Grant, EU 2007-2008

First Prize and exhibition, BW Photography Festival, Tbilisi, GE, June 2001


Curatorial Projects

Editor-in-chief of Line Magazine, Art and culture from the South Caucasus, GE 2011- ongoing

2nd Georgian film festival in London, Riverside Studios London, UK, 23 – 26 September 2010

Artists Film and Video from Georgia, with Laure Prouvost and Tank.TV, UK March 2009 - ongoing

In parallel with Bfi Paradjanov film season, screenings at Arnolfini Bristol, Pushkin House, Matt Roberts Arts and Tank.Tv

 

Press and TV

Andropov's ears, Interview with radio Gipa, FM 94.3. Tbilisi, GE, 27th February 2015

Education Changes, Sh. McGregor, Huffington Post UK, 7th December 2012

The year in pictures, Axis magazine, Axis Notes UK, February 2012

Olympic art attack, F. Brooks, Hackney Citizen UK, 11th January 2012

Georgian film festival in London, Newspaper 24hours, Tbilisi, GE 22th November 2010

Interzone/city - Interview with radio 101. Zagreb, Croatia 10th february 2009

Laboratory for the Future, T Barbar, City am, London, UK 12 January 2008

Interview with Otar Ioseliani, Kino magazine issue 3, Tbilisi, GE 2007

What is cinema? S medoidze, Anabechdi magazine, issue 1,Tbilisi, GE 2006

New communication system, magazine Georgian Film, Tbilisi, GE Autumn issue, 1999


 

Teaching and workshops

Storytelling in moving image practice, Georgian Institute of public affairs, Tbilisi, GE 2015 – ongoing

Visiting tutor, BA fine art, Camberwell College, London, UK March 2014

Reader in film, Georgian technical university, Film and TV department, Tbilisi, GE 2000-2001

 

Other projects

Assistant Final cut editor and Studio assistant with artist Laure Prouvost, 2012-2013

Freelance writer and presenter, Georgian broadcasting corporation, TV1, Radio Hot Chocolate, 2009- ongoing

Author and presenter of World music programme, Radio Green Wave, Tbilisi GE 1999-2001

 

 

 

Works in public and private collections in Georgia and the UK
Moving image works distributed by Georgian video archive http://www.videoimage.ge