Dir: Mike Dibb
UK 1972, 120 mins (total)
From its attention-grabbing first scene in which he takes a Stanley knife to a Botticelli, John Berger’s series Ways of Seeing responded to the “bogus religiosity” of art coverage at the time, deftly weaving a critique of the traditionalist view of Western art and visual culture. Made on a shoestring budget and aired on the BBC in 1972, Ways of Seeing has since become a household name in art schools, and John Berger a distinctive, influential thinker. Without trace of dogmatism, Berger delivers one of the most compelling and enriching visual essays ever to be made about art, cutting through ideological jargon with acute historical awareness that is as razor-sharp and potent as ever. In light of his death earlier this year at the age of 90, we will be screening all four episodes to celebrate his memory.