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Phil Collins, Delete Beach, 2016, HD animation (color, sound, 21 minutes), mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Simon Mills.

Phil Collins

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Phil Collins, Delete Beach, 2016, HD animation (color, sound, 21 minutes), mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Simon Mills.

Phil Collins is an uncommonly committed world traveler, a global citizen with a gift for making strong, surprising connections wherever he goes. His films offer jubilantly perverse perspectives on life in diverse locations, with people bonding, performing for each other, telling their stories, or indulging in their obsessions. At times, the works’ sly artifice and searing candor could bring the brazen spectacle of reality TV to mind—if the creators of such spectacles actually cared about their short-term stars.Aptly, Collins’s project for the 2006 Turner Prize exhibition, the return of the real, invited former reality-show participants to air grievances about their experiences. 

Throughout Collins’s peripatetic career, the meeting points of pop culture and politics have been consistent inspirations. He is smitten with pop’s ambiguous, exuberant power to kindle subcultural

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