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, Curran has undertaken a cycle of long-term research projects over the past 15 years, 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 representation of labour and globalised space in Ireland’s newly industrialised landscape and AUSSCHNITTE AUS EDEN/EXTRACTS FROM EDEN (2011), sited in a declining mining 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) and Marxism and Critical Theory and Contemporary Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013). He has also published articles on his research and is included in a forthcoming edition of Photographies, edited by Liz Wells and Deborah Bright. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and partnered by Gallery of Photography, Belfast Exposed, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, CCA Derry-Londonderry, Limerick City Gallery of Art and curated by Helen Carey, Curran is undertaking a project to be part of the marking of the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. Continuing the cycle to date, this multi-sited transnational project titles THE MARKET, focuses on the functioning of the global markets. This will be presented in Dublin, Belfast and Limerick in August 2013 with publication to follow in 2014.