Focusing on interactions between carers and non-verbal people who use Project Art Works’ studio spaces, Karikis invites us to pay attention to the sensitive tuning-in of support workers, artists and family members to those they support – a precarious role that is often invisible, misunderstood and undervalued by society.
Over the course of a year, Karikis spent time with different groups of people in Project Art Works’ studios. He was drawn to the intimate relationships between caregivers and those they support, noticing the subtlety and difference in each person’s non-verbal language, how it is paid attention to, heard and interpreted. The resulting installation comprises a series of video portraits of caregivers, captured in the acts of alert listening to and communicating with those they care for, accompanied by the non-verbal vocalisations caregivers hear and their responses to them.
This new work continues Karikis’ long-standing interest in non-verbal communication as a political agent that can transmit the experience of existence on the margins of society. He is also concerned with invisible and marginalised forms of labour, and those who are made vulnerable by capitalist society.
Mikhail Karikis’ project is commissioned as part of Project Art Works’ EXPLORERS – a three-year programme of awareness raising and encounter workshops, conversations, productions, commissions, exhibitions and seminars in collaboration with people who have complex needs and those who support them.
Mikhail Karikis’ exhibition is kindly supported by the RTR Foundation and the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund.