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Dorothée Smith: From the series Löyly, 2009 /Courtesy Galerie les Filles du Calvaire.EXPLORING the themes of absence and presence, the work of French photographer Dorothée Smith is currently being featured at The Finnish Museum of Photography.

On display until 9 March, the photographs depict the constant changes undergone by young people.

Marking her debut exhibition in the Nordic countries, the Paris-based artist was raised on a diet of the Internet and digital technology. Drawing on influences including Nan Goldin, Christer Strömholm and Antoine d’Agata, Smith’s images are cloaked in a haze, echoing melancholy as they create their own world.

Featuring young adults set against quiet backdrops, the churning of their inner change is evident, even though they are often facing away from the camera.

Constantly photographing her friends, Smith seeks to capture what lies beneath the surface of her subjects, asking viewers to use their minds to see, rather than the superficially obvious.

Dorothée Smith
Until 9 March
The Finnish Museum
of Photography
Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 G
Helsinki

The works on display come from a number of different series, including Löyly, which was created in Finland. The exhibition also features a multimedia video installation, Agnès, and a brand-new short film, Septième Promenade.

JAMES O’SULLIVAN
HELSINKI TIMES

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