Phil Keers (b.1994)

Don't Confuse Need with Want

Double-sided framed protest placard

66.6cm x 42.8cm

Courtesy of the artist

Phil Keers is a visual artist living and working in Belfast, where he is based in Flax Art Studios. His work is multi-disciplinary, mainly taking the form of sculpture, performance, and installation art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

He had a yearlong residency at Belfast School of Art within the Sculpture Lens area of Fine Art, having graduated from Ulster University with a BA in Fine Art in 2018.

In 2019, Keers was awarded a travel award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, to take part in a week-long performance art festival, Rebel Live Action #3 ECO ART, in Bangkok Thailand.

His recent solo exhibition, 'Cut It Out' at Pollen Studios and Gallery, Belfast, aimed to summarise an ongoing project within the performance element of Keers’ practice; deconstructing and examining language used in a derogatory or inflammatory way and questioning why they are still part of common vocabularies today.