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Mike Ricketts

Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Sun 28 May 4400


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Mike Ricketts


Mike Ricketts


Concerned with specific spaces and histories, Mike Ricketts develops projects that explore the uncertainties and paradoxes of contemporary public space. By asking questions, following unlikely leads and making propositions, Ricketts often runs into bureaucratic structures such as those associated with urban regulation and planning. The day-to-day operation of such structures, both at their fringes and in everyday scenarios, forms the subject and location of his work.

This exhibition is rooted in an exploration of the post-war history of Princesshay, Exeter’s main retail centre. Originally constructed by the City Council following the Luftwaffe’s so-called Baedeker air raids of 1942, Princesshay has since been redeveloped by a large commercial property company.

After an extended period of exploring and researching this area’s history, collecting stories and meeting those working at this intersection between public and private space, Ricketts presents a series of new works including sculpture, video and various appropriated artefacts.

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