In his films, photographs, installations, and live events, Phil Collins explores the nuances of social relations in various locations and global communities. He often subverts the conventions of photojournalism to focus on the inherent contradictions of individual and collective systems of representation. Dissecting the political and aesthetic implications of popular visual formats, Collins’s works indicate that the meaning of a picture—be it still or moving—resides neither in its form nor in its subject-matter, but rather in the transferences it establishes between the producer, the subject, and the viewer. Throughout, Collins maintains a combination of critical consciousness, immediacy, and the recognition of the camera’s ambivalent potential as an agent of both emancipation and exploitation, desire and betrayal. For this Modern Mondays discussion, Collins presents a selection of his works, including how to make a refugee (1999), dunia tak akan mendengar (2007), zašto ne govorim srpski (na srpskom) (2008), use! value! exchange! (2010), and marxism today (prologue) (2010).
In the Film exhibitions Modern Mondays and Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
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