karen abadie - artist - filmmaker - researcher



Socially Engaged Projects

Artists Film/Documentary


Karen Abadie is a practising artist and a socially engaged artist working in a number of community contexts.  She is a PhD student at Plymouth University.

She is interested in human connection and in creating circumstances that can illuminate the vulnerability of being human.  Using film, sound and other methods she explores what emerges from beneath our daily veneer as we go about our very normal lives.  She is continually looking for what makes us individuals and what connects us as the human race.

Combining the disciplines of autoethnography, phenomenology, relational aesthetics and observational cinema has allowed her to enquire into these concept that sit at the foundation of all societies.

Sometimes shes use interactive technology to create fully participative pieces allowing the audience a greater proximity to the work, usually resulting in them co-creating the piece in the gallery space or other less likely sites for artwork.

Recent projects include Inner Wilderness, an outdoor video and sound installation in Holy Trinity Church, Buckfastleigh and Behind Closed Doors, a Plymouth-wide project exploring domestic abuse.  She is also a trainee funeral celebrant and in the process of making an artist’s documentary about the importance of talking about dying.

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What Lies Beneath

Royal William Yard,
Plymouth, 2018

This 16mm sound and film installation uses found and new footage to articulate how the objectification of our bodies impact on our subjective experience of ourselves, leading to dissociation and related behaviours, such as self-injury.

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Scratching Below the Surface
Royal William Yard, Plymouth, 2017

This 3-room installation and performance explores the process of dissociation to embodiment through the performative act of cutting (in this case the 16mm film
is the equivalent to the self-cut skin)

Safe House
Sound and video installation
St Peters Church, Plymouth, 2017

This video installation explores the diverse issues of domestic abuse through coercive control, physical, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse. It raises questions about our own sense of safety. It brings home issues that, from the outside, are invisible and, from the inside, are crazy-making, confusing and can destroy lives.