John Smith: Is It True
The Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK) presents, in cooperation with DOK Leipzig, the exhibition John Smith: Is It True, running from the 5th of September until the 1st of November. The exhibition features six films from the British filmmaker and video artist. John Smith was awarded the Golden Dove for the Best Short Documentary in 1997 for his visual poem Blight.
In his works, John Smith constantly explores the limits of the documentary. John Smith: Is it True exhibits the films Dad's Stick, Lost Sound, The Kiss, Fan, The Girl Chewing Gum and Associations. The narratives are mostly told from the perspective of the filmmaker. For example, in his film The Girl Chewing Gum Smith captures the urban bustle of London as if it were executed under his personal stage direction. A tension in the relationship between art and life often arises through his style of narrative.
However, his films, which have also been called experimental comedies, touch on broader themes, dealing with urban, political and social changes.
The exhibition opening takes place at 7pm on the 4th of September. Our program director Dr. Grit Lemke will be present, as well as the filmmakers themselves.
In addition, DOK Leipzig is dedicating a hommage to John Smith in this year's edition of the festival (October 26th - November 1st) that will display his filmic oevre.
Exhibition John Smith: Is It True: www.gfzk-leipzig.de
Website John Smith: www.johnsmithfilms.com