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Bus Projects is currently closed.

We will reopen in our new space at the Collingwood Arts Precinct in March with our first round of exhibitions, a solo show by Moorina Bonini, a curated exhibition by Bianca Winata with Yaya Sung and Eugenia Lim, alongside the ‘Housewarming’ event series. Click through to our current website here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new gallery in 2020!

Bus Projects acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate: the Wurundjeri people and Elders past and present of the Kulin nations.

Bus Projects is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Bus Projects' 2017–19 Program is supported by the City of Yarra. Identity, Public Office

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"The Insufficient Photograph"
Vivian Cooper Smith

Opening: Wednesday 30 August, 6-8pm
Dates: 30 August – 23 September 2017

Interview with Vivian Cooper Smith

The insufficient photograph does not seek to describe anything more than it’s own existence. It resists the principle of sufficient photography that presupposes all can and will be photographed in an apparently benign, democratic utopia of infinite image. It resists its own desire to reveal, to represent, to frame, and to know. It challenges what came before. It challenges before itself. It takes no position before the world but is of the world.

The insufficient photograph begins again and again. It comes from and remains within a reworking, a returning and a turning over. It is image, apparatus and body entangled and contingent. The insufficient photograph is never alone.


Vivian Cooper Smith is a photo-artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Born in New Zealand, he lived in Bangladesh, India, and Perth before moving to Melbourne in 1999. His recent work employs the principles of a diffractive methodology in the making of photographic images to explore the possibility for photography to resist its inherent representationalism.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘The Insufficient Photograph’ at Bus Projects, Melbourne (2017); ‘Apparition Apparatus’ at Galerie pompom, Sydney and Turner Galleries, Perth (2016); and ‘Concrete Compositions’ at Fort Delta, Melbourne (2015). In 2017, he was a finalist in the CLIP Award and has been a finalist in the Darebin Art Prize, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the Bowness Photography Prize. In 2013 he was the winner of the CCP Salon Patrick Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Fine Arts (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Vivian is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.

Vivian is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.
Images by Vivian Cooper Smith.