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. Guided by a diffractive methodology, Vivian uses haptic and performative studio processes alongside re-photography to unpick photographic representation.
Recent solo exhibitions include 'A light without stars' at Galerie pompom, Sydney, 'The Insufficient Photograph' at Bus Projects, Melbourne, 'Apparition Apparatus' at Galerie pompom, Sydney and Turner Galleries, Perth and 'Concrete Compositions' at Fort Delta, Melbourne (2015). In 2015 Smith was included in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and a group exhibition at Galerie Pavlova, Berlin. He has been a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the Bowness Photography Prize. In 2017 Vivian completed a Masters in Fine Arts (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the winner of the National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award. His work is held in the public collections of Artbank, City of Yarra, and Gippsland Art Gallery.