Anna FC Smith
Anna FC Smith studied Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2007.
Smith sits between artist, historian and cultural commentator, with historical and anthropological research forming the basis of much of her work. Her main lines of study are uncovering or pinpointing tradition, rites, rituals, folk customs, gang cultures, protest movements and social obsessions in historical and contemporary cultures. Specific subjects dictate the manner of research and the media she uses to translate and transmit the echoes of history and relate them to the now. Smith also explores recounting and depiction as a part of the myth making and ambiguity of history. She appreciates the chain that links us to our predecessors and the fundamentally unchanged reality of humanity and see the rediscovery of, and similarities between historical and contemporary events as a doorway to gaining understanding of ourselves.
She has exhibited her art internationally and has had two major research projects with supporting solo exhibitions to date, 'Harry Hill's TV Burp as Carnival' 2012/13 (London/Wigan/Leigh) and 'Purring - Sport of The People', 2013/14 (Wigan). She is also a curator. Running Northern Arts Collective (previously NXNW Festival) from 2007 to 2012. She was assistant curator at Birth Rites Collection (2010-2011), where she curated a symposium discussing 'Birth in Contemporary Art', held at both the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
She now lives and works in her home borough of Wigan.
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