Hail Medea

7.30 min, 4k, color, sound, 2023

Inspired by the artist’s visit to historical cave pharmacy in Southern Georgia, and Roland Barthes’ idea of
language as pharmacopoeia (‘poison on one side, antidote on the other’), the film conjures the figure of
Medea through touch, and upturns popular representations of the goddess. 

Selected screenings:

Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt, France.

Jackals and Drones, Chronicles of a summer

16 min HD, color with sound, 2016 - 2018

A Belgian actress arrives in Tbilisi airport to travel to the medieval cave monastery of Vardzia.
Her car journey with two non-professional actors drives the narrative forward, while Medoidze’s camera
records their encounters with jackals, drones and the Orthodox monks, amongst others.
Parallel to the journey, a mythopoetic personage resembling Medea roams the caves,
scorning our obsession with progress and technology.

Selected screenings:

Sophio Medoidze: Ab-Joy, Serpentine cinema, London, UK
Sophio Medoidze, Jackals and Drones, LUX London, UK
Interseccion, A coruna, Spain
Festival scope pro (online)
Writer’s house, Tbilisi, Georgia
E A shared space, Tbilisi, Georgia
Goldsmiths University of London, UK

Black sea is really Black 

6 min HD, color, sound, 2015

‘Whilst the beauty of the Georgian landscape is overwhelming, Medoidze’s taste for the absurd
and the self-reflexivity of her address, draw us in and pull us out at the same time.’ 
María Palacios Cruz

Selected screenings:

Sophio Medoidze, Jackals and Drones, LUX  London, UK
Sophio Medoidze, AB-JOY, Serpentine  cinema, Peckhamplex, London, UK
Love among the artists +Laure Prouvost, Kunstmueum Luzern, Switzerland
In competition for best video, Avanca Film Festival, Portugal
Twelve women gone missing, Tbilisi Art Fair, Tbilisi, Georgia

Andropov’s Ears

7 min HD, color, sound, 2014 

A modernist monument in Tbilisi nicknamed Andropov’s Ears has recently been demolished,
to be replaced by the symbol of capitalist prosperity: a shopping mall. Medoidze, who is based in London,
opts out of this double negativity by filming the remnants of Brutalist architecture in London and
her sculpture of the missing monument.

Selected screenings:

Foreman Gallery, Sherbrooke, Canada
Le Cyclop, France
Hotel Europa, Open Space (Tbilisi Art Fair), Tbilisi, Georgia
SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
Georgian Arthouse, B movie cinema, Hamburg, Germany

Questions and Answers

3.3 min HD, color, sound, 2012

‘This is perhaps most pronounced in ‘Questions and Answers‘, where disparate images and scenes are
rapidly spliced together in an associative logic that disorientates the viewer.
Punctuated only by drumrolls and a cryptic voiceover, the film cuts between figures dancing in the street,
to a man collapsing into the ocean, to a hawk hunting a pigeon in central London.’

TANK Magazine full text

Selected screenings:

Sophio Medoidze, AB-JOY, Serpentine  cinema, Peckhamplex, London, UK
Sergei Parajanov: Reminiscence, CLOSE-UP, London, UK
Art Wall (curated by Wato Tsereteli), CCA Tbilisi, Georgia 

This video is about children and language

8 min Pal video, color, sound, 2009

‘This video is about children and language.
This is the title of this video.
This video is made of 774 words and 3, 527 characters, it will last for 8 minutes.
This video will launch one of the biggest attacks on language that designated nothing and explains nothing.
After, the author of this video will make a confession. Things will get very personal...’

Selected screenings:

Jackals and Drones, LUX London, UK
All that glitters is not an institution, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Sophio Medoidze & Tank.tv, MRA projects space, London, UK
2nd Georgian Film Festival, Riverside studios, London, UK
After Paradjanov: Artists' film and video from Georgia, Arnolfini Bristol, UK
After Paradjanov: Artists film and video from Georgia, Pushkin House, London, UK
22nd Instants Video, A M Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine


3.24 Pal video, color, sound, 2007

Tuscany files

5:17 min Pal video, color, sound, 2007 

Dear friend,

Forgive me for not writing all this time, of course I have not forgotten about you. The thing is that I have
changed a lot since I moved here and if it is true, I have no longer any acquaintances
and do not have to write to anyone, as I am a complete stranger to them.

full text

Learning to speak to my daughter/English dictionary

3.3 min, HD, color, sound, 2006 

How to speak to your bilingual daughter when your English is not good?
Sophio Medoidze records the phrases she overheard other mothers say to their children and re-enacts them in her kitchen.

Selected screenings:

Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, UK

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