Sorika is an on-going art project established by Gareth McConnell in 2013. It was originally initiated as a way to collaborate with other artists and with no particular manifesto other than the realising of projects of interest and never dedicated to any specific medium or genre. More recently it has been a way to sell art and editions online. Since its inaugural publication, the novella Horse Latitudes by Chris Wilson in 2013, projects have included Looking for Love for Love, a reworking of Looking for Love, Tom Wood’s seminal 1980s photo-book, A New Concise Reference Dictionary and Glossary of Usage Terms and Subjects in Contemporary Art by the artist and writer Neal Brown, the co-curation and publication of Smiler: Photographs of London by Mark Cawson, produced in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and a number of McConnell’s own works including the publications Sex, Drugs & Magick (Book II), Close Your Eyes and To The Beat Of The Drum. Sorika works are held in the collections of the British Library, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Walker Art Gallery and the Royal College of Art.
Gareth McConnell (b. 1972, Northern Ireland) is an artist and publisher living in London. He is founder and editor-in-chief of Sorika (est. 2013) an ongoing collaborative art project and print sales company. His work has been featured and written about in internationally recognised art and news publications such as Aperture, Frieze, The Guardian / Observer and The New York Times and has been included in major survey art shows. He has organised events and spoken about his work at numerous academic and cultural institutions including Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and The National Portrait Gallery, London. Recent solo shows include To The Beat Of The Drum, Ulster Museum, 2021 and The Brighter the Flowers, The Fiercer the Town, Seen Fifteen, 2022