Spectographies by Dorothée Smith

Press photo:Spectographies
Press photo courteey of Dorothée Smith, 2014.

SPECTROGRAPHIES

Solo Show by Dorothée Smith
26 January 2014, at 20h00
Cinema, Petite Salle – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Spectrographies is Smith’s photographic, cinematographic and philosophic research explores different definitions and representations of ghosts, through the notion of “haunting”. This show will be the first step of her new movie, itself a ghostly medium that Derrida referred to as the science of ghosts, in which Smith will look for the specters of Nadja, Milena and Pascale Ogier…

Dorothée Smith’s press release reads: “Spectrographies deviendra un road-movie documentaire, une enquête articulée autour de rencontres avec des fantômes, dont cette soirée constituera une étape. Sur scène, se succèderont un concert pour champ électromagnétique, une conversation archéonumérique avec un spectre digital, une rencontre avec une sorcière surexposée et le fantôme de Nadja, des projections d’archives hantées, une promenade amoureuse avec Kafka dans la neige canadienne…”

About Dorothée Smith

Dorothée Smith is a young queer photographer and avant garde filmmaker living and working in Paris, Arles, Helsinki and Montreal. She is an upcoming queer artist. She has exhibited her works in France, Italy, South Korea, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and China. Her work is represented by the gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, and her latest photography book is titled Löyly. Dorothée’s career has included a post-graduate degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, a degree from the French École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP), the TAIK in Helsinki and then at Le Fresnoy, France. At the moment she is doing her phd in Montreal, Canada. 

Dorothée Smith in Helsinki

Press release via facebook

Dorothée Smith

The Finnish Museum of Photography / Suomen valokuvataiteen museo in Helsinki
15.1–9.3.2014

Press Briefing on Tuesday 14st January 11 am.
Opening on Tuesday 14st January from 6pm to 8pm. The artist will be present at both events. Welcome!

The photographs of the French artist Dorothée Smith (born 1985) explore the themes of absence and presence, as they paint a picture of the constant changes a young person undergoes. This major solo exhibition is Smith’s debut in the Nordic countries. Still in her late twenties, Paris-based Dorothée Smith was brought up on the internet and digital technology. Smith’s works are influenced by, for example, the photography of Nan Goldin, Christer Strömholm and Antoine d’Agata.

The cover of LoylySmith’s hazy and melancholy images create their own world. Her photographs feature fragile young adults, sometimes facing away from the viewer, in juxtaposition with quiet landscapes. The people in the works seem spellbound, transfixed, but, at the same time, you can sense the change and restlessness raging inside them.

Smith says she is constantly photographing her friends. She says she is very interested in what is not visible, and in what, in people and in the change that happens in them, remains uncaptured by the images. What can we only see in our minds?

To be exhibited at the Finnish Museum of Photography will be Dorothée Smith’s photographic works from various series, including Löyly, which she created in Finland. The exhibition will also feature a multimedia video installation, Agnès, and a brand-new short film, Septième Promenade.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book Dorothée Smith: Löyly, which was published in November 2013 by Filigranes Editions at the Paris Photo fair. [See photo above]. The book is available for sale at the Finnish Museum of Photography shop.

Dorothée Smith’s works have been widely exhibited around the world. She is represented by the Parisian gallery Galerie les Filles du Calvaire.

Löyly a New Photography Book by Dorothée Smith

The cover of Loyly
The cover of Löyly by Dorothée Smith

Löyly

Photographs by Dorothée Smith
Text by Dominique Baqué
Coproducer : Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Galerie Les filles du calvaire and Olympus France
Collection : Hors Collection
Published: November 12, 2013 by Filigranes Editions
ISBN : 978-2-35046-296-7
Format : 215 x 290. 192 pages. Hardcover

Löyly is a Finnish term for the steam that rises from icy water when poured onto burning stones, passing from a liquid to a gaseous state. The word has a double meaning. It also means ghosts. The photography book contains all Dorothée Smith’s photographic works (125 photos colors and Blanck and white), and her installation and video works.

Excerpt From The Book’s Essay By Dominique Baqué:

Dorothée Smith never stages scenes or tells her friends and models how to pose: with her modesty and discretion, most of them don’t even realize they’ve been photographed. In the Löyly series, we see a dark rock rising up and blending into the sky, undeniably bringing romantic painting to mind, along with a menacing tornadolike double cloud and chilly frozen landscapes. But also many young people seen from behind, often with tattooed bodies, daydreaming or withdrawn – somewhere else; a very pale young man with glacier eyes and raven-black hair, like a recurring apparition in the series, and the sublime face of an androgyne with a dreamy, melancholic look, lost in an inner world, with a half-closed expression and a sensual mouth open for a word or a kiss that won’t come. Tired and deliciously morbid, or rather morbido (soft, gentle) since the Italian terms seems more fitting, the androgyne delicately rests a beautiful ephebian head on a velvet cushion with one arm tucked under, offered and already withdrawn, disappearing like a fleeting, desirable apparition.”


LÖYLY Dorothée Smith – Filigranes Editions, 2013 from Filigranes Editions on Vimeo.

About Dorothée Smith

Dorothée Smith is a young French photographer and avant garde filmmaker living and working in Paris, Arles, Helsinki and Montreal. She is an upcoming queer artist. She has exhibited her works in France, Italy, South Korea, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and China. Her career has included a post-graduate degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, a degree from the French École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP), the TAIK in Helsinki and then at Le Fresnoy, France. Her work is represented by the gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris. At the moment she is doing her phd in Montreal, Canada. She has previously published three artist books ‘Bodies that matter’, ‘sub limis’ and ‘no miracles’.

Related Links

Installation by Dorothée Smith
Dorothée Smith’s online portfolio
Dorothée Smith on Wikipedia

Hear Us Marching Up Slowly by Dorothée Smith

Thinkinghands wrote on 04/27/2013:

“Arles: A French School
Daily through May 26
Time:10 :30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 798 Space
Address: Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Beijing, China

Arles: A French School Description

A selection of works by artists who graduated from Europe’s most prestigious photography school will be exhibited in the iconic 798 Space in Beijing’s 798 Art District. Each with a different vision, Vincent Fournier presents an astonishing robotic universe, Dorothée Smith offers a poignant take on gender identity, Olivier Metzger meditates on the passage of time, Grégoire Alexandre displays his playful take on the world of fashion, and Aurore Valade presents her intimate, baroque portraits.”

French photographer and avant-garde filmmaker Dorothée Smith has told Feminine Moments that you can see her series Hear us marching up slowly,2012, at the above mentioned exhibition “Arles: a French School” / “Croisements” in Beijing, China. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie of Arles. June 14 – September 1, 2013 you can see Dorothée’s series Hear us marching up slowly at the first festival of photography, Portrait(s) in Vichy, France.

About Dorothée Smith

Her career has included a post-graduate degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, a degree from the French École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP), the TAIK in Helsinki and then at Le Fresnoy, France. Her work can be seen as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, displacements, and transformations of identity. Her work has been exhibited at, amongst other places, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Château d’Eau, Toulouse; Atelier de Visu, Marseille; and Casino, Luxembourg – as well as at photography festivals such as Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Pingyao, China and the Daegu Biennale, South Korea, and Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2012. Dorothée Smith is a member of the ‘L’Évadée’ collective and the Hans Lucas Studio de Création. Her work is represented by the gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris. At the moment she is doing her phd in Montreal, Canada.

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Workshop by Dorothée Smith at Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie

Workshop by Dorothée Smith at Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie

Workshop: Dorothée Smith – The invisible side of things

From 8 to 13 July 2013, at the international photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie in the south of France. The workshop is bilingual English – French.

Participants will experiment with different technical and aesthetic decisions each day in order to create a personal series.

Dorothée Smith intends to focus on an abstract theme so that everyone has to invent and find solutions in pictorial language.

Illustration: “hear us marhcing up slowly”, Dorothée Smith 2012, courtesy of Galerie les Filles du Calvaire

It involves somehow making an idea or a mental concept perceptible, almost tangible; revealing through photography (or video) what is, in principle, invisible. The themes will be defined according to people’s choice or their questions. There are any number of possibilities: they could include, for example, notions of absence, obsession, identity, soul, ghosts, haunting, and so on.

The work might require staging, or simply involve a sampling of reality, with particular attention to the surroundings and unique atmosphere of the city of Arles, and careful definition of the means used to create the images. It will provide an opportunity to make decisions about technical matters, and the different ways a subject can be treated.

According to their experience, participants can combine video, slide shows, sound effects, and so on, with a conventional photographic approach.

The workshop will also involve plenty of thinking and discussion, particularly about the ideas of authors from disciplines as varied as cinema, philosophy, literature and even dance – all areas that can provide ideas, solutions, and even fresh questions to stimulate people’s projects.

Further details and online registration at the festival site.

Dorothée Smith

Her career has included a post-graduate degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, a degree from the French École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP), the TAIK in Helsinki and then at Le Fresnoy, France. Her work can be seen as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, displacements, and transformations of identity. Photography here rubs shoulders with video, hybrid art and the use of new technologies, and has led to collaboration with a research team from the CNRS/IRCICA (French National Centre for Scientific Research) in 2012. Her work has been exhibited at, amongst other places, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Château d’Eau, Toulouse; Atelier de Visu, Marseille; and Casino, Luxembourg – as well as at photography festivals such as Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Pingyao, China and the Daegu Biennale, South Korea, and Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2012. Dorothée Smith is a member of the ‘L’Évadée’ collective and the Hans Lucas Studio de Création. Her work is represented by the gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.

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www.dorotheesmith.net
Visual Artist Dorothée Smith