Can't Do Right For Doing Wrong

  • Katie Popperwell
Working alongside the Visual Arts team at HOME, Manchester, I produced a major solo exhibition and new co-commission from Turner-nominated artist Phil Collins. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's cultural programme marking the centenary of the First World War.
The show featured three large-scale installations – Ceremony; my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught; and Delete Beach – which used digital and analogue technologies to tell the stories of individuals and social groups living under late, accelerated disaster-capitalism.
Bringing together works from the last five years and a new gallery film we produced for the show, the exhibition was an expansive spatial and poetic statement that invited engagement with the voices and perspectives of the homeless, the future of resistance in a world without fossil fuels, and the life and revolutionary work of Friedrich Engels.
This project required the efforts of an incredible team of producers, filmmakers, designers, technicians, all working to achieve the artist's vision. Full credits are online at