Art is always public | An artist’s film each week! | Mikhail Karikis

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Un film d’artista ogni settimana.

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Dear friends of Villa Romana,

how can we maintain closeness and exchange when the survival motto these days is "social distance"? With a film programme we would like to maintain a form of public and an attention towards artistic productions. In a state of emergency, as we all live it now, together and individually, these can generate forms of friendship, courage and solidarity.

Every Wednesday in the next few weeks we will share an artist's film online, which has been produced in or around Villa Romana in recent years or was shown here. There are also some new releases!

We would like to thank all participating artists for connecting with us, with you and with each other in this way and for agreeing to show their films in private formats - instead of a big screen. The programme of the next weeks includes films by Mikhail Karikis, Shannon Bool, Lerato Shadi, Sophie Reinhold, Fide Dayo, Mario Rizzi, Maya Schweizer, Eleni Kamma, Dani Gal, Karolina Bregula, Andrea d'Amore, Alessandra Ferrini and others.

18 - 24 March 2020
Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet (2013/2014)
Stereo sound, single channel video, 15:30 min

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Children of Unquiet is a body of work by Mikhail Karikis that takes place within the intricate natural, historical and socio-economic context of the geothermal area of the Devil’s Valley in Tuscany, Italy. Known for its legendary association with Dante’s Inferno, this is the very location where sustainable energy production was invented 100 years ago and where the first geothermal power station in the world was built, in the village of Larderello. Until recently, a community of around five thousand people lived there in a group of iconic modernist industrial villages planned by italian architect Giovanni Michelucci. Following the introduction of automated and remote operation technologies by the industry, unemployment increased and prospects for the young became limited resulting in the rapid depopulation or abandonment of entire villages.

At the centre of Karikis’s project is this homonymous film, which he produced in collaboration with children from the region. The film orchestrates a children’s take-over of a deserted workers’ village and its adjacent industrial and natural locations. The film has been shown in major biennials, group and solo shows internationally and all together in about 50 exhibitions. The exhibition Children of Unquiet took place at Villa Romana in 2014.

Mikhail Karikis is a London-based artist whose practice emerges from his ongoing exploration of the role of sound and the human voice in creating a sense of collectivity that shapes people’s lives and professional identities, and challenges dominant political and cultural conventions.