GIO SUMBADZE is a member of the Tbilisi art collective Goslab and founder of the Urban Research Lab (URL), a Tbilisi-based platform of artists, architects and photographers. URL produces an on-going archive documenting the repurposing of Soviet infrastructure and studying its relationship to the erosion of the Marxist ideology. Based on his architectural research in Tbilisi Gio Sumbadze developed the kamikaze loggia as the form of the Pavilion of Georgia at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Elene Abashidze and Gio Sumbadze
In September 2015, Curator Elene Abashidze and artist Gio Sumbadze, both Georgian, sat down in Tbilisi, in the Republic of Georgia, to discuss Gio’s work in relation to acceleration, ecology and the Soviet Union.