I am an artist and anthropologist.

My artistic and academic practices are platforms to address the lively political, habitual and material entanglements between photography, archives and places. I create installations, performances, and written works to address ethics in photography and archives and to propose new forms of collectivity.

Residue: Anarchival materiality within archives

Documenting the ways that archives are challenged by the lively anarchy of the materials themselves.

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Image showing a stacked colour separation at The BC Provincial Archives



Pup Tent Camera Obscura

Three repurposed 1980s pup-tents reconstructed into camera obscuras.

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pup tent camera obscura in a burned landscape

Conduit: Roundhouse

A modified a swing-lens Kodak Panoram to explore photographic embodiments.

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film still by Jamie Drouin of Conduit Roundhouse

Finding Aid

An ongoing performed archive and exhibitions (2009-) documenting the productive failure of re-enactments of photographs in Canadian National Parks.

detail images of exhibition finding aid by Trudi Lynn Smth

Breath Camera (prototype I)

I work in National Parks with scientists, tourists, artists and locals to explore and connect ecological and social complexity through photography. Prototype I is a camera bellows with fabric on the front, viewing screen material on the back and a 3 x 9 foot darkcloth to envelop the person using the device.

Breath Camera Prototype 1 being tested at Mapping Meaning 2016. By Trudi Lynn Smith

562 Fisgard

Feminist art archives, colonial photography and a giant camera made for documenting a studio space collide in the present-day aritist studio. Infolding people into the back of the camera during invited events about photography + duration.

Installation view showing Trudi Lynn Smith under darkcloth of 16x20 camera

Life and Death in Waterton Lakes National Park

A 28×43 digital composite print folded, a print of an academic paper published in Anthropologica, in an archival box. Photographs are not only fixed as images or objects, but lively, entangled and emergent events.

Anthropologica paper with butterfly photo