Mapping Meaning, the Journal (Issue No. 1)

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The Breath Camera:<br />

a prototype for<br />

anticapitalist photography<br />

Trudi Lynn Smith<br />

Left | Figure 1<br />

2016 Burned Landscape,<br />

Oregon Desert Trail BLM<br />

Lands, USA (with Krista<br />

Caballero). Photographic<br />

documentation.<br />

I am an artist and anthropologist with an<br />

interdisciplinary PhD from University of<br />

Victoria, Canada. Over <strong>the</strong> past 15 years I have<br />

explored relationships between photography as<br />

object, image and event, through installation,<br />

performance, and in academic research and<br />

writing. My artistic and academic practices<br />

are platforms to address <strong>the</strong> significance<br />

of photography by breaking it down to its<br />

fundamental properties in order to propose new<br />

forms of collectivity. My work considers <strong>the</strong> way<br />

that places like National Parks are maintained<br />

through photography; <strong>the</strong> relationships between<br />

archives and photography; and <strong>the</strong> structure<br />

of artworlds as a complex of people, funding,<br />

studios and materials. My writing and photoessay<br />

work has been published in journals such<br />

as Cultural Anthropology, Visual Anthropology<br />

and Imaginations <strong>Journal</strong>. My artworks have<br />

been installed in place-specific locations across<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth America and in venues such as Open Space<br />

Gallery, The Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Alberta Art Gallery, and<br />

Arts Incubator. I am currently artist-in-residence<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Making Culture Lab at SFU investigating <strong>the</strong><br />

role of <strong>the</strong> anarchival materiality within archives.<br />

trudilynnsmith.com<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> N o 1<br />


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