Lara Smithson’s films are formed through extensive research into places, psychology, miracles, and rituals from a variety of cultures. Her work examines the gulf between historical symbols’ origins and their observance today. She investigates how myths are simultaneously eroded, created and embellished throughout time. Smithson’s work often plays with cyclic structures, ‘strange loops’ where one always returns to the same point, no matter what direction is taken.She examines psychological landscapes through means of activating physical ones, either through costume, spoken word or choreography. Smithson is interested in how each element impacts on each other to create and unmake themselves and the film.
Lara Smithson lives and works in London. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2015. She was awarded with The Dolbey Research Grant and The Claire Winsten Award on completing her degree, which allowed her to travel to China for research and work. She was also awarded the Grocers Company Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship while studying. She was commissioned to make a short film by the ICA and Channel as part of Stop Play Record, which toured the UK in 2017/18. She had a solo exhibition at The Why Not Gallery, Tblisi in 2018 and was selected for the Bienale edition of the WomenCinemakers 2018.
Visions in the Nunnery | P2 Melanie Manchot, Bow Arts, London, 2018
‘She Spoke Rain’, The Why Not Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 2018 (solo)
Four Limbs, London, 2018
Perform & Pixel, fivehundredthousandgallery, London, 2018
‘One Need Not Be A Chamber,’ Exposed Arts Projects, London, January - March 2018 curated by Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze
PLAYBACK touring 2017/2018 at: SPACE, (London), Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), HOME (Manchester), Arnolfini (Bristol), The Hive (Worcester), Watershed Encounters Film Festival (Bristol), University of Creative Arts Farnham, Kingston University Knights Campus, York Explore Aesthetica Short Film Festival, De La Warr Pavillion (Bexhill- on-Sea), mac Birmingham, Peninsula Arts (Plymouth), Exeter College, Swindon Central Library, ICA (London), Modern Art Oxford, Sheffield Showroom, Phoenix (Leicester)
Wunderkammer, Central Saint Martins, London, February - March 2018
GROUPshow, 5519, New York, 2017 / SCREENFACE, London, 2017 / Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show, London, 2015 / We Were There, Crypt Gallery, London, 2015 / PAST PRESENT FUTURE KULT, Vauxhall Tavern, London, 2015 / Doleful Shades, Crypt Gallery, London, March 2015 / Second Person Looking Out, UCL Art Museum, London, 2014/ Hit and Run, Cooper Union, New York 2013 / Art of the Book Exhibition, Cooper Union, New York 2013 / The Kilburn Grand Tour, Kingsgate Studios in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre, 2012