Nick Smith
October 29 - November 29
Nick 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 repeating itself.

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.

Nick 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.