Talia Smith is an artist and curator from Aotearoa and now based in Sydney, Australia. She is of Samoan, Cook Island and New Zealand European heritage. Her artistic and curatorial practice explores notions of familial histories, the diasporic lived experience, ruin and the land through photography and moving image. She has presented solo exhibitions at Wellington Street Projects, Verge Gallery and Bus Projects. She has written for publications such as 4A Papers, VAULT Magazine and Art Almanac and is currently finishing her Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW.


TALIA’s project


      Maybe this is letting go is a photographic installation that explores the emotional connection to familial histories and ancestral homelands when you are physically removed.
This project is the artist’s attempt at visually exploring the Sāmoan notion of the vā through still life, archival and landscape photography that have been taken from her birth country, ancestral homelands and the unceded lands she now lives on. With pacific or moana peoples being so global how can one maintain their connection to their cultural histories?

        Talia’s project can be seen at The Substation as part of Hyphenated Biennial. ︎︎︎
        This project can also be seen at The Incinerator Gallery Billboard.︎︎︎

Image credit: Janelle Low

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