Vivian Cooper Smith / Anchorage / October 09 – November 02 2013


Anchorage draws its inspiration from the medieval men and women who walled themselves up inside living tombs in order to reject the world and commune with God. Apart from limited interaction with the church and community that supported them they spent most of their time developing an internal life and exploring the spaces they found there.

In a world where meaning lies on the surface and definitions are inherited, sometimes its better to retreat into the darkness. Here anything is possible, nothing is defined and, as my mother would say, you stand alone.

Vivian Cooper Smith is the son of missionaries and spent time in New Zealand, Bangladesh and India before entering Australian society in Perth. After completing an Honours degree in Fine Arts he moved to Melbourne where he works as a photographer and graphic designer.

His art practice began with installation, sound, performance and text before finding its voice in photography. In recent years his work has used the materiality of the photograph and in particular the re-photographed photograph to investigate the cultivation of self and place within an Australian context.

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Press / Media:

Melbourne Review, Vivian Cooper Smith: Anchorage, October 2013