Phil America, USA

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Phil America (b. 1983) is a Northern California raised artist and activist who has worked and lived throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, where he developed his acute attention to a narrative form. He concentrates on individual moments of freedom through various forms and outlets, focusing on the human relationship with both class and race.

Phil’s work focuses on the points of intersection between performance, photography, writing, video, sculptures and installations. While many of his works through Public Delivery are using the language of art, an idea he focuses on in the first of his 3 TED Talks, he also works very much outside the art world. He has helped in the development of DEAR Burma, a free school for Burmese refugees, as well as giving lectures and talks at various schools and museums. He has also published 3 books and written for numerous magazines, books and newspapers.


With Public Delivery Exhibition Journey of Voicey, 2014




About
Phil America teams up with World Vision, United Nations ILO, and other human rights agencies for a solo show to present works representing migrant workers’ contributions in Thailand and the issues they face coming into the country. The immersive art exhibition includes a 16-channel video installation, a life-size interactive Thai fishing boat and other large-scale sculptures and archival photos

Space
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

Artist
Phil America

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Exhibition Freedumb, 2014


  • Taps&Moses


About
Some of the most well-known representatives of graffiti are coming together for an exhibition, showing large photo prints, a sculpture and a video installation.

Spaces
7Tate, Brisbane, Australia
Aerosoles Graffiti, Lima, Peru
Assemblage Studios, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Hook & Loop, Guadalajara, Mexico
Le Monte-en-l’air, Paris, France
Perla-Mode, Zürich, Switzerland
Produções Klandestinas, Brasília, Brazil
Six Fathoms Deep, Bangkok, Thailand
Square and Friends Gallery, Australia
Spray Sport, Valencia, Spain
Zona Cultura, Sofia, Bulgaria

Artists
Phil America
Taps & Moses
Utah & Ether

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Performance and exhibition Failure of the American Dream, 2014

  • The Clockwork Factory, London (UK), 2014, installation view


About
The artist lived each day with its residents and learned to defend himself in an autonomous society where its residents are surrounded with violence and despair on a daily basis. After spending a month in the tattered slums of Thailand, Phil America showcases the difference between countries and the similarities of desperation.

Locations
The Jungle, San Jose, USA
The Clockwork Factory, London, United Kingdom

Artist
Phil America

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Exhibition Utopian Days, 2014

  • He Yunchang, Phil America, Wang Qingsong

White Ambition, 2013
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

 

Phil America - White Ambition, 2013, Nowon Culture and Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea

White Ambition, 2013
Nowon Culture and Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


About
Utopian Days – Freedom was an exhibition at one of Korea’s leading art museums

Spaces
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Nowon Culture and Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea

Artists
Adel Abdessemed
Lida Abdul
Phil America
Ivan Argote
Chim↑Pom
Minerva Cuevas
Chto Delat?
Cyprien Gaillard
Yang-Ah Ham
Andre Hemer
Tehching Hsieh
Zhang Huan
Jani Leinonen
Klara Liden
Armando Lulaj
Matt McCormick
Filippo Minelli
Wang Qingsong
Andres Serrano
Manit Sriwanichpoom
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Kacey Wong
Xijing Men
He Yunchang

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Performance and exhibition Slum Vacation, 2013



About
Slum Vacation takes viewers on an up close and personal trip to the Klong Toey slums with a performance project by American artist Phil America, in which he builds a house to live in Thailand’s largest marginal settlement area (slum) for 30 days. He integrates himself into the local community, bringing awareness to the 1⁄3 of the world’s urban population living in slums.

Spaces
Klong Toey, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok University Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
25-story-tall digital billboard at Times Square, New York, USA
Greek Film Archive / Film Museum, Athens, Greece
Bronx Art Space, New York, USA
Museum of Almería, Almería, Spain
Sacramento State University, USA

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Performance White Ambition, 2013



 

About
White Ambition is a sculptural installation shown together with a single channel video performance project filmed in 2013 in the heart of the world’s most visited city, Bangkok. It explores the relationship fixation on classism and beauty and how it relates to the desire to have whiter skin. Cultural identity, gender, and virtue are often associated with whiteness.

Exhibitions
Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA, at the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA
Nowon Culture and Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea< Location
Public space of Bangkok

Artist
Phil America

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