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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Dorothée Smith


“Water can become steam or ice.” This observation, made by the young artist in Finland where she pursued her desire to work with images, following a solid background in philosophy, is at the heart of her exploration. An interrogation of identity, sexual among others, since everything is possible and choices are the result of complex alloys of circumstance, encounters, feeling and perception, and will power. With an intelligent and refined use of color, in rare transparencies that reveal both the portrait of young people and apparently calm landscapes, the former student of the École d’Arles, who presently pursues her research at the Studio du Fresnoy, combines photography and video. She does not offer us an ideal world – although it is extremely beautiful – but rather an interrogation, apparently serene, about who we are and who we have always been.

Born in 1985 in Paris, France. After a preparatory course, she obtained a Master’s degree in contemporary philosophy at the Sorbonne. She then entered the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles, followed by work at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains. She participated in numerous exhibitions in France and abroad: Casino Luxembourg (2011) in Luxembourg, Rencontres internationales de la photographie (2008) in Arles, France, Annex One Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008). She received first prize in the Concours Broncolor (2009), and the Nikon Belgium Fashion Photography Prize (2010).

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