Dr. Mark Curran lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He completed a practice-led PhD at the Dublin Institute of Technology (2011), lectures on the BA (Hons) Photography programme, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire and is Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Incorporating multi-media installation informed by ethnographic understandings, Since 1998, Curran has undertaken a cycle of long-term research projects, critically addressing the predatory context resulting from the migrations and flows of global capital.
SOUTHERN CROSS(Gallery of Photography 2002) focused on the spaces of development and finance of the so-called Irish 'Celtic Tiger' economy, The Breathing Factory (Edition Braus/Belfast Exposed/Gallery of Photography 2006), outcome of his doctoral research, addressed the role and respresentation of labour and globalised space in Ireland's newly industrialised landscape and AUSSCHNITTE AUS EDEN/EXTRACTS FROM EDEN (Arts Council of Ireland 2011), sited in a declining mining and industrial region of the former East Germany evidenced the unevenness of globalisation. These have been extensively published and exhibited, including DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010), Encontros da Imagem, Braga (2011), PhotoIreland, Dublin (2012) and FORMAT, Derby (2013).
Curran has also presented widely on his research practice most recently, Photomedia-Images in Circulation, Aalto University, Helsinki (2012), Between Nature and Culture: Photography as Method and Mediation, The Photographers Gallery, London (2012), Marxism and Critical Theory and Contemporary Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013), MOMENTOUS TIMES, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry (2013), Theatre of Memory, Abbey Theatre, Dublin (2014), Sound Vision Action, McGill University, Montreal (2014) and Mapping the Frontiers of High-Finance: Art, Anthropology & Financial Capital, Royal Anthropological Institute, London (2015). He has also published articles on his research and is included in the lastest edition of the UK journal, Photographies, edited by Liz Wells and Deborah Bright.
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and curated by Helen Carey, his current project, THE MARKET, continues the cycle to date. The multi-sited transnational project focuses on the functioning and condition of the global markets. It has been presented as an installation at Gallery of Photography, Dublin (2013), Belfast Exposed (2013), Limerick City Gallery of Art (2013) and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2014). The project was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2013 and the Deutsche Börse Photography Award 2014. A publication is being planned.