Dorothée Smith

Born in 1985 in Paris. Lives and works in Paris, Tourcoing, and Montreal.


Dorothy Smith’s path has taken her from a master’s in philosophy from the Sorbonne to a degree from the Ecole nationale supérieure de la photographie, to TaiK in Helsinki, and on to the Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Fresnoy, France. Her work can be understood as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, delocalizations, and sheddings of identity. Photography rubs shoulders with video, hybrid art, and the use of new technologies, producing, for example, a collaboration with a team of researchers at the CNRS/IRCICA (National Center for Scientific Research/Research Institute for Advanced Information and Communication Components) in 2012. Her work has been shown at the Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire in Paris, at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, at the Château d'eau in Toulouse, at the Atelier de Visu in Marseille, at the Musée Casino in Luxembourg, and at photography festivals such as Photo Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Coachangdi and Pingyao in China, and the Daegu Photo Biennial in South Korea.  She is currently preparing a doctoral thesis on ghosts and writing the screenplay for her first feature film.






She is represented by :


Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris





Hear us marching up slowly, 2012

40 images, color & black and white Prints of various sizes (40x50, 60x80 & 100x130cm)


This series was created, and should be understood as, a personal diary. Through the daily practice of photography, the series took shape around the notion of passage, of transition: from one state to another, one age to another, one body to another, one gender to another. Themes such as the construction of identity, from post-adolescence to transidentity, are not addressed directly, as in a documentary, but are evoked through blurred images, themselves marked by those notions. This series presents parallels between landscapes that come to overlay vestiges of wars and battles that are now buried, and bodies in the process of becoming, whose postures swing between introspection – eyes closed, positions of patency – and battles to come. Emerging, germinating, is the idea of an intense but silent revolution. Hear us marching up slowly...