Niamh Smith is an Irish photographer born in Dublin, Ireland. Niamh Smith works with photography, text, light and sound to create an expressive, intimate language that communicates different narratives within her practice. Her work conceptualises photography as an act of prayer. Niamh is a graduate from Belfast School of Art at Ulster University, where she has obtained an MFA in Photography.
- 2017 Remote Art Festival, Donegal, Ireland
- 2018 Longford Art Festival, Ireland
- 2019 May/June, Mirjami Schuppert, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast,UK
- Institutions of Home (2017 – ongoing)
This ongoing body of work relates to femininity and the repercussions of structures of control. The work conveys the poignant experiences of silenced women from the inception of the Irish Free State. Institutions of Home traces the history of ‘Fallen Women’ who were forced into religious institutions known as “Mother and Baby Homes” to give birth, be cleansed of their sins, and commonly, put back into society without their child. This work is a layered composite of the political, the social and the personal. It is a procession of contemplation, moving with a rhythm, towards the interpretation of these structures of control.