14min HD, 2020 Georgia/UK
Filmed during the annual celebration of the dead in the high mountain villages of Tusheti, MADOLI complicates conventional discourse around gender and ethnicity, implicating the protagonists, viewer and artist alike.
The traditional celebration of Madoli - with both pagan and early Christian roots, and rife with ritual and symbolism - is held annually
in the mountains of Tusheti. As a woman, Medoidze is not allowed to film the rituals up close, and has to defer to a man to film its central sacrifice. As an act of defiance, the artist will rehearse the traditional mourning song Dala, a sacred form forbidden to women.
Sar Dubnotal, CAC Bretigny, France
Artificial Sleep, E A shared space, Tbilisi
(ხითანა)6min HD, 2019 Georgia/UK
“We might almost be in one of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s mid-period films, in which young (male) performers in non-western locations (Yemen, India, Uganda…) stand ambiguously in front of the camera, simultaneously ‘in character’ and themselves, the objects of both directorly compassion and an inescapable exoticism.
But then something changes. Just as the man’s eyes flit from offscreen directly into the camera, the music cuts off mid-trill. We hear the snorts of the horse, the gentle hubbub of other people talking and laughing in the background. Everything changes, slightly. A spell is lifted, or rather a set of expectations is dispelled; the fairytale gives way to something funnier and stranger. ” Mike Sperlinger
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LUX moving image, London, UK
IMMA Iriish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Foundation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, FR
Projections, Tyneside cinema, Newcastle, UK
HOME Manchester, UK
TAF Tbilisi art fair, Tbilisi, GE
Let us flow!
(ვიდინოთ!)65min film, In production
Travelling to Georgia for my first feature film, I want to explore the effects of digitization on the remote mountainous region of Tusheti. Here, life has remained largely unchanged since medieval times until last summer, when the Georgian government introduced free wifi access. The desires of the young Tushetians are shifting rapidly, as they are facing a dilemma whether to modernise or remain faithful to their traditional way of life.
On&For work session, Brussels, Belgium
Feature Expanded development award and Sub-ti award, Lo schermo dell’ arte, Florence, Italy