Mikhail Karikis is a Greek-British artist. His works embrace moving image, sound, performance and other media, and emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. His projects explore the energies that create collectivist dynamics while resonating people’s economic, cultural and psychological circumstances. Karikis often collaborates with communities with whom he creates site-specific performances to camera, which highlight alternative modes of human existence and action.
Karikis received his BA in Architecture from Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) in 1997, then went on to achieve his MA (2000) and PhD (2005) in Art at the Slade School of Art, UCL.
He is currently based in London and works internationally.
Mikhail Karikis’s 'SeaWomen' focuses on a fast vanishing community of elderly female sea workers living on the North Pacific island of Jeju – a jagged patch of black volcanic rock which belongs to South Korea and floats between Japan and China. It observes a group of women called 'haenyeo' (sea-women), now in their late 70s and 80s, who dive to great depths with no oxygen supply to find pearls and catch seafood.
Theme: Social Science and Collective Memory