For his new film Mikhail Karikis worked for almost a year with teenage boys from the Isle of Grain – a stark and sparsely populated Kentish marshland dominated by industry, military ruins and rare wetland birds. Centred around the boys’ performance of a collaboratively composed rap song, that is also a rackety reclaiming of a local site where youth raves were recently shut down, the film presents the immense site as it is defined by childhood adventure, conjuring up secret hideaways and creating a form of spatial justice determined by the logic of play and friendship. Using as their beat the persistent crushing noises of the demolition of a neighbouring power plant, the boys of Grain rap about their lives presenting glimpses of teenage diaries, spanning their memories of being younger to their visions of the future.
The work is approx 15 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times.
Ain’t Got No Fear will also be screened daily Monday 6 June – Friday 10 June at 13:30 in the Biennale cinema at the Horsebridge Arts Centre.
A co-commission with Ideas Test via their Out of the Ordinary Places programme