Mapping Meaning, the Journal (Issue No. 1)

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The Breath Camera:

a prototype for

anticapitalist photography

Trudi Lynn Smith

Left | Figure 1

2016 Burned Landscape,

Oregon Desert Trail BLM

Lands, USA (with Krista

Caballero). Photographic


I am an artist and anthropologist with an

interdisciplinary PhD from University of

Victoria, Canada. Over the past 15 years I have

explored relationships between photography as

object, image and event, through installation,

performance, and in academic research and

writing. My artistic and academic practices

are platforms to address the significance

of photography by breaking it down to its

fundamental properties in order to propose new

forms of collectivity. My work considers the way

that places like National Parks are maintained

through photography; the relationships between

archives and photography; and the structure

of artworlds as a complex of people, funding,

studios and materials. My writing and photoessay

work has been published in journals such

as Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology

and Imaginations Journal. My artworks have

been installed in place-specific locations across

North America and in venues such as Open Space

Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and

Arts Incubator. I am currently artist-in-residence

in the Making Culture Lab at SFU investigating the

role of the anarchival materiality within archives.


Issue N o 1


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