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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

A Long Distance Relationship

Talia Smith

15 July 2021–06 November 2021

Perhaps I have always been drawn to bouts of nostalgia, never being able to really let go of anything for fear of forgetting, a strong desire to understand where I am going and where I have been always in the back of my mind. As I have grown older and am now physically removed from the country I was born and raised in for thirty six years, I find this desire to remember and connect even stronger.

A long distance relationship is a multi year video project that attempts to make sense of the emotional and physical distance between the past, present and the future. This work questions the bonds of relationships and how they shape us. There are three parts of the series, part one is filmed while standing on the edge of a cliff facing the geographical angle of which Auckland is placed from Sydney. Part two uses moments of personal history and the long and winding journey on the road in Death Valley. And Part three references the Māori myth and legend Rona and the Moon, in this legend Rona curses the moon and is then captured by the moon itself, it is said that the markings we see on the moon from earth are Rona herself. 


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  • Talia Smith is an artist and curator from Aotearoa and now based in Warrang, Sydney. She is of Cook Island, Samoan and NZ European heritage. Her photographic and video practice examine notions of time, memory and ruin. She has exhibited and curated widely in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. She has completed residencies in Frankfurt, Germany and at Bundanon Trust and was the founder and co-director of Cold Cuts Project Space (2017-19) and the chair of Runway Journal (2017-18). In 2020 Smith completed her Masters of Fine Arts (Research) at UNSW.