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You might not have heard of Greek-British contemporary artist Mikhail Karikis before, yet he’s one of the most prolific artists working right now. His work has been exhibited at the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 9, Aicha Triennale, SeMA Biennale, the Barbican and the TATE. Pretty impressive stuff.

Karikis has also worked in a variety of musical mediums, including releasing sound-works by Bjork on One Little Indian in 2005 and releasing his own debut Orphica in 2007. His second, interdisciplinary album Morphica earned him a nomination at the 2010 Qwartz Electronic Music Awards. But if I kept talking about Karikis’ achievements, we’d be here all day.

What we’re really here for is to hear about his latest exhibition, as Karikis becomes an artist in residence at the Tyneside Cinema Gallery. His latest work, The Endeavour, is an audio visual and immersive exploration of the region’s industrial past. It records a boat being repaired in the north east’s last boatyard in the weeks before the builder’s retirement. The intimate detail of the builder’s craftsmanship is lovingly examined by Karikis, providing a beautiful love letter to our region’s industrial heritage. It’s an exhibition where contemporary art and tradition collide, and one that shouldn’t be missed for anyone with a keen interest in the north east’s past.

Mikhail Karikis’ latest exhibition comes to the Tyneside Cinema Gallery on Friday 22nd May and runs until Sunday 12th July.

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