John Samson: 1975 – 1983
18 Sep 2016 – 17 Apr 2017
Free to all
The first ever museum presentation of the complete set of works by the enigmatic Scottish filmmaker.
As a teenager Samson was active in protest movements. During his years working at the Clyde shipyard in Glasgow he became a spokesperson for his fellow apprentices and was arrested at the Holy Loch for participation in a demonstration against nuclear action.
In 1963 he enrolled at The Glasgow School of Art to study painting, where he became part of a bohemian circle of artists, writers and musicians. He taught himself guitar, took up photography, and by the mid-70s began working on the cycle of films that would bring him acclaim.
Shown here is his complete series of five film works, inspired by his working-class background, his passionate interest in radical politics and his love of art and bohemia. Interested in giving voice to cultural outsiders, Samson covered a wide range of topics including tattooing, amateur railway enthusiasm, clothing fetishism, the professional darts world and the sex lives of disabled people.