Mikhail Karikis at Cukrarna
Feb 6 - Apr 7
Greek-British artist Mikhail Karikis explores the consequences of de-industrialisation in his video works on show at Ljubljana's Cukrarna Gallery.
The show Communities, Voices, Ecologies focuses on the artist's observation of relations between people and the environment and the heritage of once important industrial centres.
The artist, who lives between Lisbon and London, explores the links between the positive and negative consequences of industrialisation, opens up a debate on the necessity of confronting a common legacy, and offers a reflection on the impact of traditional ways of life as possible models for a different future.
His video, sound and performance works are based on collaborations with individuals and different local communities. In dialogue with them he interprets selected themes from the past.
Through long-term study and research of local characteristics, traditions and the personal experiences of the participants, he records the diverse stories of places and the people inevitably connected to them.
His video works are both a tribute to and a critique of the past, and his way of working allows the viewer to take a step back from the issues depicted and reflect on the pressing issues of the present.
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