John Smith

Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi
H 6:00 PM


Thursday 31 May at 6 pm
Talk with John Smith

In collaboration with Gallery Alma Zevi, the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi hosts a talk with one of the most significant contemporary artists, John Smith, who works with film and video languages. The artist presents a selection of his works and talks with journalist Ana Teixeira Pinto. On Friday 1 June a selection of his works created between 1972 and 2015 will be screened at the Teatrino.

​​John Smith is one of the most influential film and video artists working today. His film The Girl Chewing Gum (1976), is widely acknowledged as one of the most important avant-garde films of the 20th century. An international point of reference for conceptual artists, video artists, and experimental filmmakers, John Smith studied at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1970s. Soon after completing his master’s degree he became actively involved in the London Filmmakers Co-op, a British filmmaking workshop, cinema and distributor founded in 1966. John Smith’s complex oeuvre draws from both Conceptual Art and Structural Film. These influences collide with his profound interest in narrative and the spoken word, both of which are woven into his films to create multiple meanings within the visual imagery.

Screenings programme:

Om (4', 1986)
Gargantuan (1', 1992)
The Girl Chewing Gum (12', 1976)
The Black Tower (22', 1985-87)
Blight (14', 1994-6)
The Kiss (5', 1999)
Song for Europe (3', 2017)

Download the synopses of the videos

Talk in English with consecutive translation in Italian.
Free entry until capacity is reached.