Mavi Phillips is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and film curator who creates cathartic surrealist journeys that take into question society and reality. Her work intermixes photography, performance, experimental ethnography and narrative cinema to translates investigations into the identity of female sexuality, the interrelationship of spirituality, sexuality, and transcendence; and the borders created by society that define normality and reality.
Phillips’s performance art practice focuses on an ongoing project to document her life, and life itself, through photography and writing, which she shows in large prints and publications.
An autonomous filmmaker, Phillips is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and actor in her own international creative photo and video content, surrealist ethno-fictions, and narrative films under her company Orgone Productions. These works have sprawled across France, Italy, Hungary, Morocco, and the USA. She is in pre-production for her first feature film.
No matter what medium, Phillips wants her work to inspire women to find strength within and incite in everyone the freedom to be themselves.
Realizing the absurd by blending and obscuring fact and fiction, cinematic and experimental, her works are contemporary ethnography surveys that look at different cultures in relation to her own experience, combined with heavy research, to examine innate universal behaviors. She seeks tostimulate an awareness that society is forever wavering, subjective to culture and time, and to be conscious of this ephemerality, while creating cathartic experiences that release repressed desires and emotions. Exposing the realm of the intimate, often delving herself into the extreme, she asks viewers to discover something more primal and true within and without.