What's the Damage

United Kingdom | 2017 | animated | 7 min. Short matters!

"What's the damage" is a proposition and provocation, answering back to ongoing crises under white patriarchy, relaying and augmenting feelings and gestures of chronic unease, protest and dissent. Phillipson’s summons and riposte storms in via menstrual blood, rising up against leadership circle-jerks, weeping vortexes, seared orang utans, animal-fat banknotes, and advancing supermoons, pizzas and drones.

directed by

Heather Phillipson

Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, music, drawing and text. Her current and upcoming projects include the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square in 2020, a major commission for Art on the Underground’s flagship site at Gloucester Road, an online commission for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a solo show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (all 2018). Recent solo projects include: Screens Series, New Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frieze Projects New York; 32nd São Paolo Biennale, Brazil; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the 14th Istanbul Biennial and Performa, New York. Phillipson is also an award-winning poet and has published four volumes of poetry. She was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014 and received Poetry magazine's Friends of Literature prize in 2016. In 2016, she received the Film London Jarman Award and, in 2018, the European Short Film Award Selection from the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her short films have been screened widely at festivals and on Channel 4 and BBC2 television.

cinematography
Heather Phillipson
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animated by
Heather Phillipson
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