Soso Dumbadze (1981) lives in Cologne, works in Cologne and Tbilisi. He studied film and media arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (2011). His PhD project at University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (2020), deals with Georgian-Russian avant-garde cinema with focus on the political essay film. Since the summer of 2021, Dumbadze has been a professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
Dumbadze’s works were presented at The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany (the Bundeskunsthalle), Art Cologne, New Talents – Biennale, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin and others. His video installation The Parallel (2012), which analyzed the media representations of power on the example of the inaugurations of presidents Saakashvili and Putin, was acquired by the Culture Department of the City of Cologne, under the curatorship of Barbara Engelbach from the Ludwig Museum (Cologne). The video installation A Yellow Bus (2017) addressing homophobia in Georgia using materials depicting the events of May 17, 2013 in Tbilisi was also presented in Tbilisi and had to be guarded by about 200 policemen. His diploma film Sunny Night (2017, co-directed with Lea Hartlaub) about the Georgian Orthodox Church and its power within the political landscape of Georgia premiered at Dok-Leipzig Festival.
In Tbilisi, Dumbadze organizes film seminars with participation of international speakers. In 2006 Soso Dumbadze founded Sazogadoebrivi Gamomtsemloba Sa.Ga. (Publishing for Society), which has published 18 books, including works by authors such as Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Pier Paolo Pasolini, as well as authors from contemporary art like Harun Farocki, Chris Marker and others. Soso Dumbadze delivered presentations of his monograph Kote Mikaberidze (in English 2018, co-authored with Nino Dzandzava) at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), German Film Museum (Frankfurt), Frankfurt Book Fair, etc.