Monday, 15 August 2011
Work from his oeuvre.
“In all the different strands of his practice Collins investigates the perils of representation and the emotional core of such seemingly transparent media as video and photography. Instinctively distrustful of the camera and its effects, yet responsive to its potential as an instigator of relationships, his works often revolve around a convocation of individuals. Complicating both the myth of aesthetic autonomy and the fantasy of art as in itself political, Collins films, photographs, installations and live events appropriate the documentary tradition and elements of popular culture, such as pop-music and dance, to establish an immediate and humorous connection with the participant and viewer. Throughout, Collins displays a disarming mix of critical conscience, exuberant charm and an ambivalent empathy with his subjects. Recent projects have included a disco-dance marathon in Ramallah, the re-recording of a Smiths album in Bogotá with local musicians to produce a karaoke machine for fans, and a press conference with former reality–TV participants.” – Kerlin Gallery