October 29 - November 29
Smith is 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
Due to local lockdown restrictions, we were unable to open Nick Smith's exhibition to the public.
Please find the full press release here.
Listen to our podcast interview with the artist here on our website with a transcription too, or find the episode on Anchor, Spotify and Google.
Note: this was recorded when we were still unsure on the implications
of lockdown restrictions and before Smith's idea to work with a writer.
You can follow Nick Smith on Instagram and Twitter.
Smith and local writer Niloo Sharifi went on to present a collaborative
work at OUTPUT. Sharifi was invited to produce a text in response to this exhibition, which was incorporated into a
film by Smith which also responds to their collaboration in the context
of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the collaboration here.