Mikhail Karikis: Location, Voice, Action!

  • Video still of Mikhail Karikis

    Mikhail Karikis, Ain’t Got No Fear, video still (2016)

Past Event

This event was on Thu 20 Oct 2016, 7pm

An evening featuring a selection of artist Mikhail Karikis’ video-works from the last decade, including a premiere screening of Ain’t Got No Fear (2016). Karikis is joined in discussion with influential curator Katerina Gregos, followed by a Q&A.

Mikhail Karikis’ work sheds light on issues of social marginalisation and the politics of work, proposing alternative models of human existence, collectivity and action.

This event focuses on his projects developed with communities in different parts of the world, including a disused English coal mine, a distant North Pacific island, an imposing geothermal site in Italy and a remote industrial village in Kent. Tracing the evolution of the artist’s use of voice in his moving image works, it also explores the site-specific performances he develops with the communities he collaborates with.

Supported by the Whitstable Biennale and Ideas Test 2016.



7.10 – The Shape of Breath, 2005

7.11 – Highflyer, 2011-12

7.20 – Sounds from Beneath, 2012

7.30 – SeaWomen [split-screen screening version], 2013

7.45 – Children of Unquiet, 2014

8.00 – Ain’t Got No Fear, 2016


About Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek-British artist based in London. His works are exhibited internationally including Kochi Biennale (2016), IN; British Art Show 8, UK (2015-2017); Steirischer Herbst, AT (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, GR (2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney, AU (2014); Mediacity Seoul, KR (2014); Aichi Triennale, JP (2013); Manifesta 9, BE (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, IT (2011); Whitstable Biennale, UK (2010). His work was part of Staging Film, Busan Museum of Art, KR (2016); Art in the Age of Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, NL (2015); Listening: Hayward Touring, UK (2014-2015); Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2014-2015); Assembly, TATE Britain, London, UK (2014); Aquatopia, TATE St Ives & Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2013-2014); Art Sheffield 2013, Site Gallery, UK and elsewhere. His sound works have been published worldwide by Bjork and Sub Rosa Records. Karikis is currently shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2016, UK. Karikis holds academic positions at the University of Brighton and The Royal College of Art.

About Katerina Gregos

Katerina Gregos (born in Athens, Greece) is an art historian, curator and writer based in Brussels since 2006. She has curated and co-curated influential and critically acclaimed international exhibitions including the Belgian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); Manifesta 9 (2012) and the Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Other curatorial projects include No Country for Young Men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis at BOZAR, Brussels, 2014; The Politics of Play for the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Sweden, and Liquid Assets: In the Aftermath of the Transformation of Capital for Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria (as co-curator), both in 2013; Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, at several venues in Mechelen & Brussels; The Eye is a Lonely Hunter, the 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwighsafen Heidelberg, Germany.