Born in the USSR, brought up in the Republic of Georgia and now living in London. Sophio Medoidze is an artist who works with film, writing, photography and sculpture. For a time, she worked anonymously as part of the Clara Emigrand collective. Her work is marked by precarity and explores the poetic potential of uncertainty. She often acts in her own films, which progress by juxtaposing different image modalities and bashing sounds against one other. Her work is driven by the desire that is caught up between state violence and personal agency. Her work has been shown, amongst others at Serpentine Cinema (Peckhamplex), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini, Tbilisi Art Fair’s (TAF) public programme. She was shortlisted for South London Gallery’s Graduate Residency, she is a recipient of Feature Expanded Development award for her first feature ‘Let us flow!’ (with HOME, Manchester + Lo schermo dell'arte, Florence).
Sophio Medoidze UK / Georgia 2019
In the isolated mountainous region of Tusheti in North East Georgia, life has remained largely unchanged since medieval times until last summer, when the Georgian government introduced free wifi access. As a result, the aspirations of young Tushetians are shifting dramatically, caught between nostalgia for the past and yearning for the future - and nowhere is this conflict of desires more pronounced than during Atengenoba, the region’s traditional summer festivities, which also fall within its busiest tourist season.
The 2018 Projections Commissions films will launch at a special event in Newcastle on Friday 22 February 2019, after which they will be screened in front of selected features at Tyneside Cinema and partner cinemas across the UK.