Talia Smith - The weather was ideal
MEET THE CURATORS -
INTRODUCING TALIA SMITH
It can be hard to find the present more endearing than the past. Second hand books, for instance, have a magic for the reason that they are objects of history. Taking a book down from a dusty shelf, even to open it and find a forgotten photograph or train ticket, marks a connection to another being. You might wonder what the previous owner thought of as they read a certain sentence. Did they even finish the book? Most things that carry historical weight have a certain charm. It is place that holds this same fascination for Talia Smith.
Place draws us back. We remember.
Smith is interested in areas of ‘non-place’. She considers, at a time, these places may have had purpose but at the moment have been left and forgotten. For Smith the photograph is a document of experiences past, present and future. Smith writes it is ‘the element of what was once there in a space [that] captures me; it reminds me of time gone by– of youth, of minutes, of hours. I see this longing to connect and not forget everywhere I go even in the most desolate areas.’
Her practice is explored though photography, video and installation ‘in the hope that perhaps if we are confronted with the traces of someone else’s life we will examine the traces of our own.’ As we relate our experiences to a found photograph or crumpled train ticket, it is possible to identify with aspects of human presence in Smith's photographs.
Tire tracks through gravel.
A patch of bright white paint to obscure graffiti.
A careful summing up of the elements of daily passage. And there is no room for forgetfulness on our part.
Smith is currently based in Auckland, but will take on the role as guest curator at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney during the latter part of 2014.
- Christine McFetridge