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Image: Sonia Boyce, In the Castle of My Skin. Photo by Stuart Whipps, courtesy of Eastside Projects

MIMA flings its doors open on Friday 11th June with a dazzling exhibition by one of Britain’s foremost artists, Sonia Boyce. As we re-emerge from the national lockdown, In The Castle Of My Skin offers sensory experiences of visual art, sound and architecture.

Visitors are welcomed to an arena of improvisation and play through a multi-faceted, angular structure based on the shape of pyrite, a shimmering mineral commonly known as Fool’s Gold. Clad in wallpapers made by Boyce since the early 1990s, In The Castle Of My Skin uses the metaphor of skin as a covering, displaying artworks by 12 local and national contemporary artists, including selected pieces from the Middlesbrough Collection. They spill from Boyce’s extraordinary structure, encouraging connections across artworks from different eras.

A dynamic five-metre wall painting by Emma Bennett responding to local modernist architecture is paired with prints by world-famous Op Art artist Bridget Riley; photographs by Kev Howard show the intricate designs of prosthetic limbs, while Harold Offeh’s Selfie Choreography video invites visitors to explore the exhibition using selfie sticks and cameras.

A newly commissioned video by Boyce features skateboarders from Tees Valley-based collective Girls Skate North East (GSNE) and ukulele-playing skateboarders in Birmingham.

Sonia Boyce: In The Castle Of My Skin is at MIMA, Middlesbrough from Friday 11th June

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