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Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis is a Greek-British artist, working and exhibiting internationally. His work in moving image, performance, sound and photography searches for strategies that amplify the voices of those who may be overlooked or structurally neglected. He employs listening and video-making to question the power dynamics between the visible and the unheard, and as forms of care and activism. Through collaborations with communities located outside the context of contemporary art and, in recent years, with children, teenagers, young adults and people with disabilities, he develops participatory projects to explore legacies of techno-dystopias, ecological and economic injustice. His projects prompt an activist imaginary, highlight alternative modes of human action and solidarity, while nurturing critical attention, dignity and tenderness. 

Karikis has exhibited in leading biennials including 54th Venice Biennale, (2011), IT; Manifesta 9, Ghenk, (2012); 19th Biennale of Sydney, (2014); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IN, (2016); MediaCity Seoul, KR (2015) and 2nd Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art, LV (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include Ferocious Love, Tate Liverpool (2020); For Many Voices, MIMA, UK (2019-20); Children of Unquiet, TATE St Ives, UK (2019-20); I Hear You, De la Warr Pavilion, UK (2019-20); Mikhail Karikis, MORI Art Museum, Tokyo, JP (2019); Children of Unquiet, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, IT (2019); No Ordinary Protest, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2018); Ain’t Got No Fear, Turku Art Museum, FI (2018); The Chalk Factory, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, DK (2017) and Love Is the Institution of Revolution, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain, LU (2017). Karikis holds a professorial position and leads the post-graduate research at MIMA School of Art & Design, Teesside University, UK.


Whilst at Metal, Mikhail will be exploring themes of climate change, humanity’s relationship with the natural world and the environmental crisis working with audiences within the Picton Ward and exploring University of Liverpool’s Science Fiction archive and World Museum’s Entomology collections.’