Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead
5 June to 26 July 2014
Acclaimed artist filmmaker and lifelong east Londoner John Smith will present a major new multi-media installation. His starting point is one of his best-known works, The Girl Chewing Gum, which he made as a student in 1976. Smith revisits this work, both in terms of its continuing legacy and also in a literal sense, filming the same street corner in Dalston 35 years on.
From this video work, Smith then leads us on a narrative journey that explores ideas around identity and anonymity – both his own (as perhaps underlined by the ubiquitousness of his name), and that of his two main protagonists, the girl who chews gum in his film and an on-line seller of his video containing this work. Smith writes;
In February last year I received a Google Alert informing me that a VHS compilatio
Fiona Banner in conversation with writer and critic Louisa Buck on Tuesday 22 July
This exhibition is accompanied by a text by Dr Giles Fraser specially commissioned for this project.
and special thanks to individual exhibition supporters including
and others who wish to remain anonymous.