Because we are together

National Museum of Contemporary Art presents (at the 4th floor) the solo exhibition of Mikhail Karikis "Because we are together", from 28 January to 28 May 2023.

© Mikhael Karikis No Ordinary Protest, 2018 High resolution digital video with stereo sound Duration: 7'42'' Production Photos Courtesy of the artist

It is the first in-depth presentation of Karikis’ work in Greece. Karikis, a prominent representative of Greece’s cultural diaspora, was born in Thessaloniki. He currently lives and works between London and Lisbon. Though the artist has shown in many important international exhibitions, his work in Greece is less known. He combines moving image and sound, with collaborative practices, to draw attention to social, political, and environmental issues, both past and present. Working with groups of students, workers, pensioners, activists and drawing inspiration from global industrial and political history, literature and avant-garde music, the artist creates musical and vocal events that shine a ray of hope on an ominous future.

The exhibition is structured around six key audio-visual installations from Karikis’s work over the last decade: Weather Orchestra (2022), Surging Seas (2022), Ferocious Love (2020), No Ordinary Protest (2018), Children of Unquiet (2014) and Sounds from Beneath (2011-2012). These installations are complemented by selected smaller works, photographs, and texts. What they all share is a sense of polyphonic poetics in which separate narratives connect groups brought together by a sense of solidarity in their struggles for a better future.

Curated by Stamatis Schizakis.

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