Matthew Ryan Smith completed his Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture at Western
University in 2012. His current research addresses affect, trauma and the ethics of
spectatorship in contemporary photography and video practices with special attention to
aboriginal perspectives. 

Articles

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(Forthcoming) Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam, First American Art Magazine (2014)
 

Curatorial

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Some Things Last a Long Time (2012)

This exhibition investigates the manner in which our private lives precondition the act of seeing....

 

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(Co-Curated) 42° 59' 81° 14' Mapping London's International Legacy (2012)

London, Ontario has often been described as a city that nurtures a rich vein of...

 

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(Re)verse Ekphrasis: Works from the McIntosh Collection (2009)

As the exhibition title suggests, (Re)verse Ekphrasis: Works from the McIntosh Collection, flips traditional notions...

 

Conferences, Symposia, Invited Presentations

Point and Shoot: The Ethics of Tourist Photography, Grimsby Art Gallery (2014)

Matthew's current research addresses the ethics of spectatorship in contemporary art and visual culture. His...

 

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Bill Burns: Dogs and Boats and Airplanes, BRAFFTV Film & Media International Conference (2013)

Bill Burns's recent series "Dogs and Boats and Airplanes" represents a profound immersion in the...

 

Us and Them: Jacques Rancière and the ‘Ethical Turn’ in Autobiographical Photography, Culture, Policy, Urban Space and the City, Department of Media and Information Technologies, Western University (2012)

Larry Clark’s Tulsa and Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency share a close conceptual...

 

Larry Clark and Nan Goldin: Towards Structuring the Community of the Excluded in Autobiographical Photography, Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University (2012)

In the chapter “The Ethical Turn of Aesthetics and Politics” from Jacques Rancière’s book Dissensus:...

 

Apple Pie and White Picket Fences: Larry Clark’s Un/Common Suburbs, Revisiting Suburbia, York University (2011)

Tulsa is the first photography book or visual material that accurately documents the emerging drug...

 

Other Writings

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Relational Viewing: Affect, Trauma and the Viewer in Contemporary Autobiographical Art, Western Libraries (2012)

This dissertation examines the communicative relationship between contemporary autobiographical art and the viewer. By analyzing...

 

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Roadside Markers of Loss, The Silo (thesilo.ca) (2012)

Indeed, the prevalence of roadside memorials has increased significantly over the past several decades and...

 

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Daniel Johnston and the "Dead Dog's Eyeball", The Silo (thesilo.ca) (2012)

Daniel Johnston is not a secret anymore. In 2005 director Jeff Feuerzeig released the Sundance...

 

Unpublished Papers

On the Ethics of Curating Autobiographical Art (2010)

Autobiographical art, as a mode for recollection and self-discovery in the viewer, is a fundamental...

 

Richard Billingham’s 'Ray’s a Laugh,' Neoliberalism and the Manufacturing Class Transition in England (2009)

With 'Ray's a Laugh,' Richard Billingham arrests a moment of the mass manufacturing class’s evolution...

 

Larry Clark: The Revolution of 'Tulsa' and its Dissolution of the 'American Dream' (2008)

It is the objective of this essay to elucidate some of the more common influences...

 

Psychotherapy and the Photographic Camera in Confessional Art: The Case of Nan Goldin’s Self-Portraiture (2008)

In examining five painful images from Nan Goldin’s narrative of post-battering self-portraiture, I probe the...