Phil Collins


“the return of the real” is a new exhibition opening this week at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London that will feature the outcome of artist Phil Collins’ Tate Tuner Prize nominated work that features true stories of television betrayal. The artist investigates the post-documentary culture that has become known as reality TV, and the surrounding issues of authenticity and illusion, intimacy and inaccuracy, expectation and betrayal. For the past four years Collins has been engaging with the media through reality TV formats, taking testimonials from former show participants and industry professionals that reveal televisions exploitations. Through this process the artist is able to introduce performance and conceptually grounded approaches to video and photography through popular culture and low-budget production. The artist received his undergraduate degree from the University of Manchester and his graduate degree from the University of Ulster, Belfast, and now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.