A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb
Whitechapel Gallery, 8 January – 26 March 2021 [Online]

Mike Dibb is perhaps best known for Ways of Seeing, his pioneering and vastly influential television essay on art and society made with John Berger, but he has directed dozens of important films in a career spanning six decades.

The work undertaken by Dibb across the landscape of the television documentary format operates at the forefront of radical, intellectual ideas combined with a startling facility for empathetic storytelling.  His portrait films feature figures as diverse as Salvador Dali, Miles Davis, Stuart Hall, Raymond Williams, Keith Jarrett, C. L. R. James, Elmore Leonard, Federico García Lorca, Edward Said and Barbara Thompson.

This comprehensive online retrospective offered global audiences a rare opportunity to encounter the work of a maker for whom culture and society, art and life are indivisible. It is dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi (1961-2020), film-maker, comrade, friend. 

Film programme 

About Mike Dibb

The Guardian: ‘Lorca, Hockney, Byatt, Berger – how Mike Dibb got the greats to open up’