Mikhail Karikis : I Hear You

28 Sep 2019 – 19 Jan 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill, United Kingdom


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  • Direct trains from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill

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This autumn sees the launch of a major new commission by Mikhail Karikis that explores the relationship between listening and care. Karikis’ new moving image installation has developed with Project Art Works, an organisation in Hastings that collaborates with people with complex support needs.


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.

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Rosie Cooper

Exhibiting artists

Mikhail Karikis

Taking part


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