New film installation to open at Honiton's Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Stills from Mikhail Karikis' Children of Unquiet (2013-14)

Stills from Mikhail Karikis' Children of Unquiet (2013-14) - Credit: Mikhail Karikis

This January, THG will dedicate its main gallery space to a film by acclaimed Greek-British artist Mikhail Karikis. 

‘Mikhail Karikis - Children of Unquiet (2013-14)’ was created with a group of forty-five children living in Devil’s Valley in Tuscany, a volcanic landscape and home to the world’s first geothermal power station. 

The area has recently become depopulated following the automation of the process of generating energy. 

In this film, children take over the empty spaces, recreating the noises of both the natural and man-made landscape: the hissing of steam, the bubbling of water and groaning and rumbling of metal work. It is through their collective voice and imaginative play that the landscape can be seen anew. 

The artist Mikhail Karikis (b. 1975) works in video, installation, performance and sound. He often produces site-specific performances working with different communities. His work in moving image, sound, performance and other media is exhibited in leading contemporary art biennials, museums including the TATE and Whitechapel Gallery, and film festivals internationally 


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The exhibition will be accompanied by a project developed with local children in Honiton who will look to their own environment to reflect on its past, and reimagine its future. 

This exhibition has been supported with loans from the Arts Council Collection. Founded in 1946, the Arts Council Collection is the UK’s most widely circulated loan collection of modern and contemporary British art and includes important examples by all of the UK’s prominent artists. For more information please see: www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk

Ruth Gooding, THG Curator, said: “This film is the first exhibition in our 2021 programme of Creative Communities. What’s really exciting is that this will be the first time we have dedicated our gallery space entirely to a film installation. 

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“Alongside the film will be a new series of six art history talks with art expert John Francis. He will be covering everything from Expressionism to Protest Art to deepen and develop your knowledge of Modern Art. Places are very limited so please book early. 

“We also be taking our new travelling ‘Creative Cabin’ out and about to creatively explore the climate emergency through workshops and art activities.” 

Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet 2013–14 (16 January–6 March). Open: Thursday-Saturday, 10am until 5pm. Visit thelmahulbert.com for more information. 

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