Phil Collins: Videos 1999 – 2005

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | March 16, 2006

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 6pm | Phil Collins in person!

el mundo no escuchará (2004). Image courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
el mundo no escuchará (2004). Image courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

UK photographer and video artist Phil Collins’ works are a savvy blend of politics and pop culture. Working in embattled regions around the globe-Belfast, Belgrade, Baghdad, Bogotá-he takes on mass media representations of these geopolitical flashpoints by casting residents in pop-song-scored performances both charming and discomforting. In they shoot horses (2004), nine young Palestinians compete in an eight-hour disco marathon staged in a lurid pink gymnasium; in el mundo no escuchará (2004) Colombian Smiths fans sing along to backing tracks (a rerecording of the album “The World Won’t Listen” by Bogotá musicians) against photographs of Mediterranean holiday villas and tropical sunsets; and in baghdad screentests (2002), Iraqis channel Warhol while preparing for the United States’ “last resort.” Collins will screen an exclusive CATE mix of these videos along with: how to make a refugee (1999); dünya dinlemiyor (2005); the louder you scream, the faster we go (2005); and the return of the real (2005). 1999-2005, Phil Collins, Colombia/Iraq/Spain/Turkey/UK, ca. 100 min, various formats.

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