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

Free publication: 
This exhibition is accompanied by a text by Dr Giles Fraser specially commissioned for this project. 


and special thanks to individual exhibition supporters including

Laure Genillard
David Knaus
Christian Schwarm
Torsten Kunert 
and others who wish to remain anonymous.