Phil America (b. 1983) is a California-raised artist, writer and activist. He has worked and lived throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, concentrating on individual moments of freedom while looking at relationships with class, gender and race. In his work he uses installation and sculptures, performance, photography, video, and fashion in searching for a better understanding and connection to his subjects while bringing about an interpersonal relationship between the viewer and himself. Recently he has started to focus more on using conversation as a medium as well as looking for ways to activate unused spaces.
In 2017 he has continued his focus on education, helping in the development of DEAR Burma, a free school for migrants with an attendance of over 1400 students per semester and opening more schools in 2017. He has given 3 TED Talks and has lectured at numerous universities and events. Phil has collaborated with United Nations, International Labor Organization, World Vision, U.S. Department of Labor, UNESCAP, International Organization for Migration, the Australian Government, US Embassy, Seoul, the Sacramento Kings and other agencies and organizations to create art projects around the globe. He is also the founder of No Flags, a series of collaborative projects.
Phil’s most recent monograph, Above The Law: Graffiti On Passenger Trains, shows photos from his series Above The Law which has been show in museums and galleries on every continent on the globe. Our Side Of The Tracks, one of 3 books featuring the series, was released in 2012. His texts and photos have appeared in a number of books and newspapers and he has been featured in magazines internationally.