Phil Collins: Artist Talk

Free admission, reservations required
Date and time
Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM

The Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art presents a lecture by artist Phil Collins. In this lecture, Phil Collins will discuss his exhibition presented at the Foundation. Created expressly for these gallery spaces and the Montreal context, the works in this exhibition explore the emancipatory power of music to transcend time and space, disparate geographies, ethnicity, class, and language while remaining critical of its entanglement with uneven power dynamics and the political economy of culture. Through Collins’s empathic lens and love of a good song, we are offered access to a deeper sense of what it means to relate to one another.

Please note that the talk will be in English.
Limited number of seats: first come, first seated.

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Phil Collins
Born in 1970, Phil Collins grew up in the North of England. He studied at the University of Manchester (BA English Literature and BA Drama), and University of Ulster in Belfast (MA Fine Art). During this time he worked different jobs, including a cloakroom boy and pint-puller at the Hacienda nightclub, a bingo caller, a lecturer in performance and film theory, a high-street photo lab assistant, and a secretary at the
Big Issue magazine for the homeless.

Recent projects and solo presentations of his work include Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), Belfast and Creative Time, New York (both 2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and Manchester International Festival (both 2017); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (both 2016); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2015); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013); and British Film Institute, London (2011).

Collins currently lives in Berlin and Wuppertal. He is Professor of Video Art and Performance at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

Installation view, Phil Collins, 2019-2020, Phi Foundation
Phil Collins,
the world won’t listen, 2004-2007
Three-channel synchronised video installation; colour, sound; 56 min
Image © Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

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