Talia Smith was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand and is of Samoan, Cook Island and NZ European heritage. She completed a Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2012 at UNITEC Auckland, majoring in Photography and has been practicing as an artist and curator in both Australia and New Zealand.
Her practice uses the mediums of photography and video to examine the emotional and physical traces we leave behind on the landscape, the histories we build and the ruins we leave. She has exhibited her work in Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand with solo shows at Kings Artist Run in Melbourne, Enjoy Gallery in Wellington and the Billboard project at Te Tuhi in Auckland. Smith also works under the collaboration SINGLE BROWN FEMALE with Auckland based artist Leilani Heather, SBF investigates the humorous happenings surrounding mistaken identity. Using their shared everyday experiences and lives as inspiration, SBF subverts notions of race, identity and the gaze.
Smith’s curatorial practice engages with emerging photography and time based practices and has curated exhibitions both in New Zealand and Australia. She is currently working on an online platform as a way of exhibiting works called The Surrounds.