I am an artist and anthropologist.

My artistic and academic practices are platforms to address the lively political, habitual and material entanglements of photography. I focus on photography to advocate for invisible and under-represented aspects of more than human worlds. I create installations, performances, and written works to address ethics in photography and to propose new forms of collectivity.

Pup Tent Camera Obscura

I repurposed three 1980s pup-tents into camera obscuras for Imagine Our Parks, an experimental artist installation that focuses on ideas of “public funding for the arts” and “public lands” in North America.

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pup tent camera obscura in a burned landscape

Residue: Anarchival materiality within archives

Documenting how chemical reactions and residue – the domain of archival conservators – become important to visual anthropology and media archaeology.

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Image from the Chicago Field Museum archives showing anarchival materiality

Conduit: Roundhouse

A collaborative project where I modified a swing-lens Kodak Panoram to explore embodied user experience.

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film still by Jamie Drouin of Conduit Roundhouse

Finding Aid

Installed and performed in gallery contexts, an ongoing archive and exhibition (2009-) that documents my attempts to re-enact colonial 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

A giant camera made for documenting a studio space and for infolding people into the back of the camera during three 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