Exploring the way humans communicate emotion, East End based artist Phoebe Collings-James presents a thought-provoking new video installation, Broken Hearts Requiem.
“It’s loud and all encompassing, you can’t escape it,” says curator Lauren Jones of the latest work from the acclaimed young artist. Using sourced YouTube videos of prominent female singers, Collings-James, known for her intense, communicative style, has created a large 16-screen video installation taking over the enclosed dark space of Shoreditch’s M.E.N Gallery. The clips show a number of iconic performers howling sad tales of unrequited love and broken hearts. As they appear one by one, the different songs slowly start to mesh together, building up into one huge thumping crescendo that demands attention. i-D Online met with Jones (see film) at the exhibition’s opening to find out more.
Broken Hearts Requiem at M.E.N Gallery 30a Redchurch Street runs until 31st March 2011.