The next exhibition in OUTPUT’s autumn lineup is a solo show by Nick Smith, an artist working in moving image, photography, drawing and publishing. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2012 with an MA in Photography, he founded Relief Press in 2013: a micro-publishing house that creates artists and curatorial books, specialising in photography. On his artist practice, Smith writes ‘My aim is to create evocations that connect the past to the present. The work usually starts with a specific moment of departure and/or arrival within the realms of publicness, regionality, class, memory and the image.’
For his exhibition at OUTPUT, Smith is exhibiting his 2020 split screen video ‘Where Were You When It Was Shit?’ The work examines the artist’s youth growing up here in Merseyside from 1974-1996, a turbulent period for the region. Created using found & archival footage, and drawing influences from social realist landscape painting and DJ sets from the mid 90s, the video features the Kirkby rent strike, Toxteth Riots, Dockers Strike, Quadrant Park, Liverpool Garden Festival and This Morning with Richard and Judy, as the artist reflects on a social landscape wherein history might be on the verge of repeating itself.
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