Phil Collins: Can't Do Right For Doing Wrong

Sarah Perks (Curator)

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Phil Collins: Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong was a major solo exhibition for which Professor Sarah Perks was sole curator with c15,000 attendance presented at HOME in Manchester Sat 10 July 2018 – Sun 16 Sep 2018. As part of this exhibition, Perks commissioned and lead curated Ceremony (2017/8), a major public art, artist film and performance commission with multiple partners: Manchester International Festival, 14-18 NOW, BBC and HOME. The exhibition also included two more large scale installations: my heart’s in my hand… with the artist working at GULLIVER Survival Station for the Homeless, Koln and Delete Beach, an anime using digital and analogue technologies to tell the stories of individuals and social groups living under late, accelerated disaster-capitalism. Curated to engage with the past, present and future of late capitalism.

As curator, Professor Sarah Perks lead the project through consideration of the relevance of the work of Friedrich Engels, whose insights into the 19th century injustices continue to reverberate in today’s society. Participants and groups were found to represent contemporary concerns of workers’ rights, immigration and asylum, working class youth, homelessness, and the impact of policies of austerity. Alongside, a decommissioned 1970 statue from former Eastern Europe was found in Ukraine was brought on the back of a truck and installed in the square outside the exhibition venue permanently. Ceremony also toured to Baltic, Gateshead, Fri 22 Jun – Sun 30 Sep 2018; MAC, Belfast, Thu 9 Aug – Sun 28 Oct 2018; and Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Fri 18 Jan – Sat 16 Feb, 2019. The artist film showed at Rotterdam International Film Festival and Copenhagen. Professor Sarah Perks was interviewed for a feature in the Financial Times, chaired a panel for the opening Beyond the banner: How does contemporary art engage with political history? and invited Manchester’s youth poetry collective Young Identity to perform for four evening over the summer in response to the exhibition, inviting the artist to return for the finale.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2018

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