Turn Back Tide, 2017

‘Turn Back Tide’
Aikaterini Gegisian

As the winner of the third Castlegate ART commission, Aikaterini Gegisian’s large scale work, which is over 38 metres wide, is sited on the prominent riverside location of Castlegate.

Turn Back Tide, by acclaimed artist Aikaterini Gegisian is built on Tees Valley inspiration.

This commission is a collaboration between Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Ellandi and Angelo, Gordon & Co, the owners of Castlegate Shopping Centre; and Stockton Borough Council.

Gegisian said: “I am thrilled to be invited to exhibit as part of Castlegate ART, and delighted to have the opportunity to respond to such an inspiring area.

“I live and work in the Tees Valley, and so it is with great pride that I can make my own contribution to the region by creating a work for such a prominent site, and to bring art beyond the gallery into the public realm.”

Senior Curator Miguel Amado commented: “Part of our vision is to take a leading role in addressing current issues within politics, economics and culture, and to contribute to change.

“Working with artists operating locally as well as showing relevant work within the wider community is part of this aim, so that art is accessible to everyone. Aikaterini Gegisian was commissioned for this project given her ongoing examination of themes of identity, history and memory, and her current research into the Tees Valley’s economic heritage.”

The Artist

Greek Armenian artist Aikaterini Gegisian (b. 1976) examines questions of history, diasporic identities, belonging and collective memory.

Her practice spans film, photography and installation, and her works drift between the subjective and the political, the personal and the social.

In her photographic output, she juxtaposes pictures that she finds in a range of printed matter, establishing connections between disparate visual languages, eras, people and cultures.

Aikaterini lives and works between Middlesbrough and Thessaloniki, Greece.

In 2015, she was one of the exhibiting artists at the Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for best national participation.

In 2016, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art organised the first survey of her moving image practice.

Her work was presented at recent exhibitions such as the 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia); 3rd Mardin Biennale (Turkey); 2nd Tallin Photomonth (Estonia); 1st Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece); and 6th Gyumri Biennale (Armenia).

Her work has also been shown in museums, galleries and festivals internationally, including DEPO, Istanbul; BALTIC, Newcastle; Calvert 22 Foundation, London; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens; NARS Foundation, New York; Centre for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Spike Island, Bristol; Kasseler Dok Fest, Kassel; Oberhausen Film Festival. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Financial Times, The British Journal of Photography, THESEEN, thisistomorrow & Ibraaz.

She has been awarded the Nagoya University Award (2001) and she was shortlisted for the First Book Award (2015). She is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens and Thessaloniki.

Launch, Wednesday July 26th, 2017

Taking place at EDGE Bar situated just behind Castlegate Shopping Centre, overlooking the River Tees, we had a great time with artist Aikaterini Gegisian to showcase her 38 metre art installation Turn Back Tide based on Riverside Road.

Take a look at our gallery below to see the pictures from the launch event as well as the fantastic art installation itself – if you do take a picture of Turn Back Tide make sure you share it with us over on our Facebook page.