Smin Smith (they/them) is a Lecturer in Fashion Styling and Communication at UCA Epsom
They lead units in ‘Fashion Styling and Photography’ and ‘Fashion Promotion’ on the BA (Hons) Fashion Branding & Communication course which was formerly called BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion & Imaging, as well as a range of cross-taught technology-themed electives in the Business School for the Creative Industries.
Outside of academia Smin curates Vagina Dentata Zine, a publication that celebrates still-image science fiction. The publication has been exhibited in zine collections at the BFI, Tate Modern and V&A, alongside features in Dazed, Dazed Beauty and It’s Nice That.
Smin is currently undertaking a PhD project in the School of Fine Art & Photography at UCA, entitled ‘Fictioning New Worlds: Feminist Science Fiction Art from 2015 to 2020’. The contemporary science fiction artworks highlighted by this research stem from traditionally “deemphasized” visual and conceptual mediums (e.g. digital collage, fashion imagery, and interdisciplinary practices). This research gathers these contemporary artworks under the term feminist science fiction art. The thesis aims to expand upon established academic frameworks in feminist critique, creating a model for feminist science fiction art criticism.