Turner Contemporary, Margate – until May 7th 2018
“I especially admired John Smith’s short film, set in a pub lavatory, where the dankness of Eliot’s postwar pessimism finds a perfect textural echo in the grim details of the urinal. “The nymphs are departed. Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song,” recites the artist, cruelly, as the bog fills up with urine. In a clever and comic concluding touch, the closing door of the toilets is signed with a wicked anagram, TSELIOT.” Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times, February 11th 2018
Imperial War Museum, London – until May 28th 2018
“A protagonist in Don DeLillo’s novel Falling Man (2007), reflects about a friend: “Maybe he was a terrorist but he was one of ours, she thought . . . which meant godless, Western, white.” Such disconcerting ambiguities mark the best work here, including Kerry Tribe’s casting-call film Untitled (Potential Terrorist), 2002, and John Smith’s perfectly guileless video Throwing Stones, (Hotel Diaries #3), 2004, where his camera surveils a room as he idly soliloquizes about inconsequential and world-changing events.” Mark Harris, Critics’ Picks, Artforum, January 21st 2018
Palazzo Grassi, Venice – May 31st & June 1st 2018
On the evening of May 31st John Smith will present a programme of his films at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice, where he will be in conversation with writer and cultural theorist Ana Teixeira Pinto.
On June 1st between 11 am and 7 pm an extensive retrospective of 21 other films organised as five thematic programmes will screen in the same venue.