Phil Collins

I Only Want You To Love Me

Collins has spent six months living in Embassy Court, Brighton and exploring the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain.

The resulting work is a diaristic account of his journeys, meetings and resulting friendships, eloquently documenting the complexities of Collins’s experiences and emotions whilst working on this project.

Taking in works made in Brighton and representing the wide range of people he has come into contact with the book makes intimate and personal connections between far-flung places, from New York and Belfast to Kosovo, Iraq and Serbia.

Collins’s work both summaries and extends his ideas. Avoiding sentimentality, it charts the desire for attachment, for love and for a sense of belonging in his subjects across time, space and cultures.

But these motives and the work itself also propose primary and common experiences that, at some time, touch us all.

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