1 December 2016 - 17 December 2016
at 24 MANCHESTER ST, LONDON W1U 4DJ
MIKHAIL KARIKIS is a Greek British artist based in London. His work embraces moving image, sound and other media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances which emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. He often collaborates with communities and his works highlight alternative modes of human existence and action.
KARIKISí work is currently touring with The British Art Show 8, (2015-2017); it has recently been shown at the Wellcome Trust, London, (2016); The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece, (2015); Music for Museums, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2015); Assembly, Tate Britain, (2015); the Biennale of Sydney (2014); MediaCity Seoul, Korea, (2014); Manifesta 9, Belgium, (2012); the 54th Venice Biennale, (2011).
'Ain't got no fear'
ĎAinít Got No Fearí is a film which Mikhail Karikis created with a group of 11 to 13-year-old boys who are growing up in the militarised industrial marshland of the Isle of Grain in South East England. In response to the isolation of their village and the lack of space where teenagers can gather, in the last few years kids have been organising youth raves in a local wood, recently raided by the police. Using as their beat the persistent crushing noises of the demolition of a power plant next to their village, the boys of Grain sing a rap song they wrote about their lives, recalling memories of being younger, and imagining their old age and future. Structurally the video oscilates between a music video and observational footage which glimpses into teenage experiences on the edges of urbanity. It follows youths to their secret underground hideaways and features their rackety reclaiming of the local site where raves used to take place. ĎAinít Got No Fearí reveals a way in which industrial sites are often re-imagined by youths with a form of spatial justice defined by friendship and play, the thrill of subverting authority and evading adult surveillance.
The exhibition comprises the film, a new photographic series and a video installation.
Opening Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 18:00