An immersive audiovisual installation consisting of video chapters which depict the old women’s day at sea: diving deep from the rocks; selling and sharing…Read More
SeaWomen is a video and sound installation by Mikhail Karikis focusing 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 that belongs to South Korea and floats between Japan and China. The work was created during Karikis’s residency on the island, when he enountered 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 sea-food. This ancient female profession became the dominant economic force on the island by the 1970s, establishing a matriarchal system. Karikis’s project SeaWomen witnesses the diving women’s insistence on sustainable eco-feminist work practices operating outside the trend of industrialization. It observes the reversal of traditional gender-roles, the women’s deep sense of community and egalitarianism, their collective economics, and their sense of professional identity, purpose, fun and independence in later age.
A sample video clip of SeaWomen by Mikhail Karikis.Read More
A series of ink and watercolour portraits depicting the elderly female pearl divers of Jeju island completed while Karikis held a single breath. The…Read More
Video documentation of SeaWomen at Wapping Project, London (UK), 2012, presented as a 12-speaker sound installation with a single single screen video projection.Read More
SeaWomen installation video documentation from Mikhail Karikis’s solo exhibition at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (UK) in 2013, where the work was presented as a 12-speaker…Read More
South Korean television news feature on SeaWomen’s first exhibition with journalist’s commentary and interviews with David Toop, Mikhail Karikis and Marta Michalowska.Read More