To the private view for the new film work by Phil Collins (the artist nominated for the Turner prize in 2006) at the Victoria Miro gallery in London. His work Soy Mi Madre is a take on the tele-novela, the popular Latin American TV drama format (think Ugly Betty), and is loosely based on Jean Genet's The Maids. Commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum, it's partly a comment on the well-heeled ski-resort's community of migrant Mexican workers; and partly an act of love, for Collins loves a good soap. Currently based in Berlin, his next project is to gather together ex-teachers of Marxist doctrine from the former eastern bloc, put them to work in schools in Manchester, and film the results. I can't wait to hear the little loves reciting Ode to the Industrial Accomplishments of the Eastern Region.
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