Phil Collins is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Berlin and currently living in Salford. Since the late 1990s his diverse practice has been recognised for its engagement with social reality and lived experience. Over the years, he has explored various popular formats – from documentary, karaoke and reality television to soap opera, teleshopping and music video. He has collaborated with, amongst others, disco-dancing Palestinians, fans of The Smiths, the youth of Baghdad, anti-fascist skinheads in Malaysia, the homeless population of Cologne, teachers of Marxism-Leninism from the former German Democratic Republic, and inmates at one of the United States’ largest prisons.
Collins’ works have been presented around the world and can be found in public collections such as those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. In 2006 he was nominated for the UK’s leading contemporary art award the Turner Prize. Since 2011 Collins is Professor of Video Art and Performance at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.