Phil Collins

Bad Infinity

22 March - 20 April 2002

The Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce 'Bad Infinity', an exhibition of new photographic and video work by Phil Collins.
Collins is a young artist who in recent years has received international acclaim and critical attention for his work that addresses the human condition existing in fraught socio-political situations.
In this new exhibition, 'Bad Infinity' as with earlier work Collins utilises a documentary method of photography and video interview to present sensitive and empathetic portraits. These are intimate studies of individuals dealing with traumatic events and the psychological and social effects of disruption, violence and loss. His work challenges the dominant media representations of such societies creating a space for the viewer to reflect upon the beauty and vulnerability of the individual.
Phil Collins was born in Runcorn, UK in 1970 and lives and works in Belfast. In 2001 he was awarded the Paul Hamyln Foundation Award for visual arts and the PS1/Moma scholarship award in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Becoming more like us', Temple Bar Gallery and 'I mean I don't know' a video projection in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin February 2002. Selected group shows include 'Conversations', Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2001; 'Tirana Biennial 1', Tirana, 2001; 'Uniform' PS1, New York/ Pitti Immagine, Florence, 2001; 'Pandemonium', Lux Centre, London; 'Perspective' Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, 2000 (awarded best artist award by Lynne Cooke); 'Manifesta 3', Modern Gallery, Ljubljana, 2000 and 'Art Primeur 2000' CBK, Dordrecht, 2000.