No Ordinary Protest: childhood activism and eco-psychology
Instagram live (@metalliverpool)
Wednesday 9th December, 7.30pm
While children have no audible political voice through the citizens’ right to vote,how can artistic methodologies engage children as political beings-in-the-making, and give voice to their opinions about political matters, to their critical and ethical scrutiny, and sense of justice? Drawing on one of his recent works which he developed with a group of 7 and 8-year-old children of migrant families in East London, Karikis’s presentation will focus on the different ways in which the project engaged children in environmental politics, documented their positions toward anthropocentric and speciesist hierarchies and practices, and sparked their activist imaginary.
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.
Commissioned by Season for Change, a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Image credit: Mikhail Karikis, No Ordinary Protest