Phil Collins - they shoot horses
01 Feb 2013 - 31 Mar 2013
Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto
Inspired by the Depression-era craze of dance marathons portrayed in both Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel and Sydney Pollack’s 1969 film adaptation They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Phil Collins staged his own eight-hour dance marathon in Ramallah with nine Palestinian youths. With a soundtrack that features pop artists such as Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Joy Division and Olivia Newton John, this installation simulates the atmosphere of a nightclub, where the audience witnesses, and may even dance along with, the participants as they pass through states of enthusiasm, exhilaration, exhaustion and sheer determination.
Phil Collins. They Shoot Horses, 2004. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Courtesy Shady Lane Productions and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.