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Phil Collins

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

In the nearly two decades since the Smiths broke up, the band’s music seems to have become a lingua franca for teens the world over who suspect that life is one big hatful of hollow. Photographer and video artist Phil Collins can attest that fans may be found in locales as far-flung as Bogotá, Istanbul, and Jakarta—the sites of a multi-phase project for which Collins invites local adolescents to perform karaoke renditions of Smiths songs, capturing their moves and vocal stylings on video. The results thus far have been two exceedingly engaging (and unusually danceable) video installations: el mundo no escuchará (The World Won’t Listen), 2004, filmed in Bogotá; and, shown here, dünya dinlemîyor (The World Won’t Listen), 2005, filmed in Istanbul. (The Jakarta installment will be completed later this year.)

On view in the artist’s first solo exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, dünya

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