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Paul DD Smith




During the Background Evening, we got to know Paul DD Smith’s artistic practice from a different angle. Paul was present and gave us a short introduction to his exhibition at 1646. He also went into conversation with Anna M. Szaflarski, who is a writer, artist and artist-book publisher. 

Organising experimental writing workshops, Anna developed exercises inspired by a blend of somatic, surrealist and dada writing exercises, and improvised theatre. The commingling, harmonic behaviour and immaculately slimy conception that are themes in Paul’s exhibition at 1646 were also the jump off point for a special edition of Anna’s workshop that was organised with, and given at Page Not Found earlier on this day.

During the Background Evening, Paul and Anna talked about the workshop and how Anna’s practice has informed Paul’s practice.


About Paul DD Smith:

Paul engages in hand crafts like ceramics, silk painting, embroidery and printmaking. He approaches his artistic practice in a way that reminds us of the haptic approaches of Jugendstil and the Arts and Crafts movement, in which the ornament often exceeds an object’s function. Smith understands the ornament as something that ties erotic forces and by doing so potentially enhances them. Depicting figures which he veils and frames with patterns and ornaments, Smith channels the gaze while also sending it off on detours.

Paul DD Smith lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Master degree of HFBK Hamburg (class: Jutta Koether), a Bachelor of Leeds Metropolitan University and a Bachelor of Arts and English Literature of Sussex University. In 2020, Smith received the grant from the Kulturprojekte Berlin; he was nominated for the Hiscox Kunst Preis (2017) and participated in the residency program of Künstlerhaus Vorwerkstift in Hamburg (2016) after he received the grant of HFBK Hamburg Freundeskreis. He has had exhibitions at Misc. Athens, Athens (2021); Stroboskop, Warsaw (2021); CK Offspace, Leipzig (2020); Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin (2020); ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin (2020); ChertLüdde, Berlin (2019); Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2019); Galerie Genscher, Hamburg (2019); Real Positive, Köln (2016); Electrohaus, Hamburg (2016) and PSL (Project Space Leeds), Leeds (2012).

About Anna M. Szaflarski: Anna’s art, text and book works consider the social anxieties of sharing space, feminist politics of bodily boundaries and domestic violence, and the muddy complexities of hierarchy. Her publications include “Very Normal People” and “Letters to the Editors” ( AKV Berlin and Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite Verlag). Her experimental writing workshops have been held at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts, Museo de Arte Zapopan in Mexico and at Elgarafi Bom Dia in Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


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