Vivian Cooper Smith is a photo-artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Born in New Zealand, he lived in Bangladesh, India, and Perth, Australia before moving to Melbourne in 1999. His practice is informed by a diffractive methodology which identifies the representational apparatus of photography as an active agent in our understanding of the world. Vivian uses haptic and performative studio processes alongside re-photography to explore the conceptual and material possibilities this methodology offers.
Recent solo exhibitions include Interference Pattern (with Rebecca Najdowski), Horsham Regional Art Gallery (2018), A light without stars, Galerie pompom, Sydney (2018), The Insufficient Photograph, Bus Projects, Melbourne (2017) and Apparition Apparatus, Galerie pompom, Sydney and Turner Galleries, Perth (2016). In 2018 Smith was included in the art fairs Sydney Contemporary and Spring 1883 with Galerie pompom.
Vivian completed a Masters in Fine Arts (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018 and was the winner of the National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award. He has been a recipient of the CCP Salon Patrick Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award and a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the Bowness Photography Prize. His work is held in the private, corporate and public collections including Artbank, Australian Catholic University, City of Yarra, and Gippsland Art Gallery.