SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Art & Science, Full Professor





Born in 1957 is famous Georgian art-critic, journalist, blogger, TV and radio-host. He graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in 1979. From 1986 he teaches History and Theory of Cinematography. In 1992-93 Gvakharia was working on scientific research in Paris, France and his dissertation topic was Contemporary art and Electronic Media. In 1995 he started to work as a correspondent of Radio Liberty. His popularity reached its peak in 1997 when he became a host of TV program “Psycho” on Rustavi 2 channel. Since 2007 he is a presenter of Radio Liberty daily program “One Hour of Freedom”. Currently Gogi Gvakharia anchors a weekly program “The Red Zone” at Georgian TV broadcaster. The program analyses the expressions of Soviet stereotypes in Georgian Culture. Every new essay, article or even a blogpost by Gvakharia is most read and commented by thousands of Georgians. His works are highly demanded in the country and that played a crucial role for his documentary work Tear-Stained Spectacles to became the Bestseller of the year in Georgia. Gogi Gvakharia was one of the major participants of USAID program “Human Rights and Georgian Culture”. Currently Gvakharia is the Jury member of international movie festivals in Nyon (Switzerland) and Oberhausen (Germany). He systematically takes part in international movie symposiums like Berlin and Wiesbaden Film Festival. He is also an accredited journalist at Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. Gogi Gvakharia holds position of a full professor at the Ilia State University and teaches Film History and Theory.

Scientific interests / research interests

Film language and dimentions of cinematic refletivity

  • The master of cinematic storytelling
  • The history of film censorship

Featured publications

1 Konflikt und Kooperation im Südkaukasus 2015 Berlin

2. ”Sergei Paradjanov’s ecumenical vision” (“Armenian review, vol. 42 University of California. Los angeles

3. About the language of cinema ”Kino” 1991-3

4. “Le cinema georgien”. (Paris. “Centre Georges Pompidou, 1988)

5. Eisenstein, El Greco and cinema, “Soviet Art” (1986-11)

Books

1 Grenzlan Konflikt und Kooperation im Südkaukasus 2015 Berlin

2. “Tear-Stained Spectacles” – 2013 Tbilisi

3. “Human Rights and Georgian Culture” 2008 Tbilisi
4. “Caucasus. Cultural aspects of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia” (Apollonia 2003)
5. Sergej Ejzenštejn : oltre il cinema [Venezia] : La Biennale ; c1991
6. “Le cinema georgien”. (Paris. “Centre Georges Pompidou, 1988
Articles in magazines

1. “Visual Storytelling in Georgian Films” – “Soviet Art” 1983-5

2. Mikheil Kalatozishvili – Poet “Soviet Art” 1984-6

3. Opinion Expressed with Style – Michelangelo Antonioni “Kino” 1985-3

4. “ About the Cinema Language” – “Kino”, 1989-4

5. Georgian Film Avant-garde “Kino” 1990

An extensive list of publications

1.“Time and Space in in Luchino Visconti’s films (“Soviet Art” 1984)

2. “Eisenstein, El Greco and cinema” (“Soviet Art” 1986-11)

3. “Telefilm as Form of Art” (“Kino” 1989)
4. “Le cinema georgien”. (Paris. “Centre Georges Pompidou, 1988
5. “Sergei Paradjanov” (“Le cinema armenien”. Paris “Centre Georges Pompidou, 1993)
6. “Die filmische neoavangarde der 60er jahre” (Bonn, 1994)
7. “ Unequipped, only through eye (“Akhali Paradigmebi” 1999)
8. “Georgian cinema – attitude towards present-day reality” “Caucasus. Cultural aspects of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia” (apollonia 2003)
9.”Sergei Paradjanov’s ecumenical vision” (“Armenian review, vol. 42 University of California. Los angeles

Current Courses

Course Catalog

For Baccalaureate Program:

  • History of the World Cinema. Pre-conditions of Motion Picture, Photography, Silent Film
  • Cinema Language and the Nature of it’s Human Perception
  • Introduction to Cinematic Perception

For Master’s Degree Program:

  • Art of Cinema and Censorship
  1. Historyof film theory (2010-2014)
  2. Foreign film history (1985-2014)
  3. Film analysis (2002-2010)
  4. Film CriticsSeminar (1987-2010)