Ain’t Got No Fear
Mikhail Karikis, UK, 2016, DCP, 10’
Mikhail Karikis filmed Ain’t Got No Fear with a group of teenage boys who are growing up in the militarised post-industrial marshland of the Isle of Grain in South East England. Using as their beat the persistent crushing noises of the demolition of a neighbouring power plant, which used to provide employment for the majority of local villagers, the boys sing a rap song they wrote about their lives. They recall memories of being younger, express their wish to find work, and imagine their future and old age. Created over a period of nine months, during which Karikis developed friendships with local youth, this multi-awarded film oscillates between a music video and observational cinema. This unique cinematic experience reveals a way in which industrial sites are often re-imagined by youths with a form of spatial justice defined by friendship and play, the thrill of subverting authority, and evading adult surveillance.
The film was commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2016 & Ideas Test.