23 November 2016 - 10 December 2016
MIKHAIL KARIKIS has been shortlisted for the Derek Jarman film award.
The Award will be announced at the Whitechapel Gallery on Monday 28 November in a special ceremony where they will receive £10,000 prize money and support from Channel 4 to produce a new film for their Random Acts arts strand.
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 has recently been shown at the Wellcome Trust, London, (2016), The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, (2015) The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017) and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015). Solo exhibitions include Children of Unquiet, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London UK (2015-2016) and The Endeavour, The Gallery Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2015). A new work Ain't Got No Fear is featured this summer as part of the Whitstable Biennale.
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.
Karikis will show the film alongside an additional installation about the extraordinary culture which exists there.
Opening Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
3 November 2016 - 3 November 2016
THE LAKE TWINS
The Lake Twins are London based artists who exhibit internationally. They were born in Greenwich in 1990 and began collaborating during their BA Hons at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (2008-2012). Their work has been exhibited and archived in galleries, heritage sites, educational institutions and private collections globally. These are spread across various locations in the U.K, London, Delhi, Colombia, Russia and Lithuania. Such institutions that archive The Lake Twins work include the Central Saint Martins archive that holds The Lake Twins degree show in its entirety, and the Floodlight Foundation in Delhi, India, founded by Surbhi Modi. As students, The Lake Twins were involved in Damien Hirst's twins installation at Tate Modern gallery and additional projects at Tate Britain gallery. More recently The Lake Twins have been invited to give talks at various London galleries and heritage sites where they have exhibited.