Known for their formal ingenuity, anarchic wit and oblique storytelling, John Smith's films have been widely shown internationally for over 30 years. For this screening he will present a diverse program of his older films, made between 1975 and 2001. The works in the selection explore the ambiguities of language and the world around us, playfully demonstrating how meaning is shaped by filmic construction.
Since 1972 John Smith has made over fifty film, video and installation works that have been shown in independent cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists and in 2013 he was the winner of Film London's Jarman Award. His work is held in numerous collections including Arts Council England, Tate Gallery, London, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami and Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany.
Smith's recent solo exhibitions include La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, Paris, France (2014), Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2013), Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012), Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012), Weserburg Museum for Modern Art, Bremen (2012), Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden (2011), PEER Gallery, London (2011) and Royal College of Art Galleries, London, 2010. Recent group shows include 'Invocable Reality', Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2014), 'Constellations', Tate Liverpool (2013-14), 'Image Counter Image', Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012), 'Descriptive Acts', San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), 'Has The Film Already Started?', Tate Britain (2011-12), Berlin Biennial (2010), 'The Talent Show', Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and MaMA PS1, New York (2010).http://johnsmithfilms.com/,