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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.

Free View

Talia Smith

02 April 2016–23 April 2016

dogging (noun)

The practice of watching or engaging in exhibitionist sexual activity in a public place.

Our relationship to the landscape is often wrought with tension; we dominate the land and use it as we please. Taken during the day, these spaces appear just as they do in person – parks, carparks or reserves. There seems to be nothing out of the ordinary but in the evenings or organised times amongst other dogging members each photographed site is a place for sexual pleasure. I am not interested in portraying the people that may be involved with dogging nor the act itself but rather the spaces that they inhabit, alluding to the before or after moments and the things that we can not see.

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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.