Video ‘Song for Europe‘ screening at ‘Doc|Fest’ Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, June 7th to 12th and Hamburg International Short Film Festival, June 5th to 11th
Royal Academy of Arts, London – June 12th to 19th August
Mixed media work ‘Veneer on Board’ in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Whitechapel Gallery, London – May 15th to June 10th
Video works ‘Dad’s Stick‘ and ‘Dark Light’ in the exhibition ‘Film London Jarman Award: A Journey Through the First Decade’
“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
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.
Turner Contemporary, Margate – February 3rd to May 7th 2018
|Video work ‘The Waste Land‘ showing in the exhibition ‘Journeys with The Waste Land‘
“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