Phil Collins is referred to as a neo-conceptualist artist whose photographs and videos share in Nan Goldin's intimacy. His recent series The World Won't Listen is video work focused on desire and innocence and the ability of popular music to provide wisdom and solace around the globe. Its title is drawn from a 1986 album by the British band the Smiths re-performed in karaoke by Turkish youths. Another work, The Return of the Realinvolves the artist inviting a dozen people who had been on reality and talk shows to discuss the effects of these appearances on their lives in a panel and in individual interviews resulting in intimate autobiographies and therapy sessions. Collins has exhibited widely in venues such as Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Espacio la Rebeca, Bogotá; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Modern Art, Oxford; Tate Britain, London; Barbican Centre, London; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; The Wrong Gallery, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. He recently participated in the ninth Istanbul Biennale.
OCA has launched an experimental off-site residency in collaboration with the Nordic biennial, Momentum. The participating artist Phil Collins (UK) will be traveling to Kenya for research associated with his project to be realized at the event in September. The project is realized both as part of OCA Open Studios on 31 August and in the exhibition platform of Momentum.