A set of photographs, created in the summer of 1971 and 1972, is the starting point for Sam Lloyd’s reflection on what it meant to be a rebel in Australia in the 1970s – and the complexity of a time whose unresolved tensions echo down to the Australia of today.
Rediscovered in 2013, these enigmatic images were created by 18 year old aspiring artist, Solomon ‘Socrates’ Smith (born Sydney 1953, died Cyprus, 2013). The exhibition includes archival material and new works by Sam Lloyd that explore Socrates’ singular and radical vision. The exhibition will also launch Sam’s biography of Socrates Smith, ‘The Tin Parrot’ (co-authored with Robert Bradley).
Image: Socrates Smith, Untitled 2 (detail), c1971-1972. Silver Gelatin Print.