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Straddling the line between voyeurism and active participation, the artwork of Phil Collins often engages with how subcultures within local communities relate to and interact with the larger community. His interest lie in eschewing the spectacular in favor of the intimate, reasoning that, "intimacy is a value denied by reportage."

As the Aspen Art Museum's first Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence, Collins is producing a 16mm color film entitled soy mi madre.

Beyond Collins's experiences of Aspen and the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley, soy mi madre takes as its references the world of the Latin American telenovela, as well as plot elements of Jean Genet's controversial 1949 play The Maids, in which the servants of a well-to-do mistress take turns enacting a fantasy drama in which each alternately play the role of their employer. Shot with Mexican cast and crew entirely on a set in Mexico, soy mi madre debuts at the AAM beginning with a public reception on the evening of August 14, 2008.

soy mi madre will be on view through October 19, 2008. A fully-illustrated catalogue will also be produced to document the artwork.

The Aspen Art Museum's Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence program furthers the museum's goal of engaging the larger community with contemporary art. Residencies may last anywhere between forty-eight hours and two months.

Phil Collins was born in 1970 in Runcorn, England, and currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Collins has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Britain; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent; and Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. His work has been included in the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, Manifesta 3, and is currently included in Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International. In 2006, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

Phil Collins's Distinguished Artist in Residence is funded by Jane and Marc Nathanson. The soy mi madre exhibition is organized by the Aspen Art Museum and funded in part by the AAM National Council. Accompanying exhibition publication underwritten by Toby Devan Lewis. AAM Art Talks are part of the Questrom Lecture Series.

Phil Collins: soy mi madre