Mark Curran

Mark CurranMark Curran (b. 1964) lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He is a PhD candidate through the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (CTMP), DIT and an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography programme at IADT-DL in Dublin. He lived in Canada for eight years, where he received a BA (Hons) Sociology and worked as a social worker. Curran's long-term project, Southern Cross (Gallery of Photography 2002), was published and exhibited internationally. The Breathing Factory (Edition Braus/Belfast Exposed Photography 2006), an outcome of his present postgraduate research, has been widely presented and was a finalist for the CEDEFOP PhotoMuseum Award 2007 at the Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece and most recently at the Biennales, Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France (2008), China International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (2008) and as part of the programme of Fotofestiwal 2009 in Lodz, Poland. In early 2010, it will be presented as a solo installation at the Museum of Art, DePaul University in Chicago. Curran has also presented widely on his practice and will speak at the College Arts Association (CAA) annual conference also in Chicago in 2010. He is the recipient of an inaugural New Work Visual Arts Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland towards his present research project, one sited in a declining industrialised region of the former East Germany.

Exhibitions in (selected)

Dublin, Montreal, Venice, Cologne, Lyon, Geneva, Torino, Ljubljana, New York, Shanghai, Wexford, Berlin, Vevey, Paris, Hangzhou, Peking, Kilkenny, Brussels, Damascus, Belfast, Aleppo, London, Moscow, Thessaloniki, Pingyao, Kuala Lumpur, Lodz, Warsaw, Chicago

Publications (selected)

2009 Le Bleu du Ciel 1999-2009, Edition Bleu du Ciel, Lyon, France
2008 MARGINS: Photographing Labour on the Margins, IPRN/Dom Fotografie, Slovakia (Forthcoming)
2008 3rd European Month of Photography Berlin
2008 Identité(s)/Identity(ies), Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon & Silvana Editoriale, Milan
2008 China International Photography Festival, PIP, Pingyao, China
2008 Vevey-Ville d'Image, IMAGES 08, Vevey, Switzerland
2008 Next Level, Issue 13, London, UK
2008 Journal of Media Practice, London, UK
2008 CEDEFOP PhotoMuseum Award 07, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece
2007 Pass the Picture: Out of Berlin, Goethe Institute/Alex Moh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007 Cead China, 411 Gallery, Shanghai, China
2007 Short Stories: Photographs 1890–2006, New York
2006 2nd European Month of Photography, Berlin
2006 SHIFTS 2, International Photography Research Network (IPRN), University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2006 The Breathing Factory, Edition Braus, Heidelberg with the support of Belfast Exposed Photography
2005 Building Material, Journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Dublin
2004 Europa – L'Esprit des Villes, Edition Lieux Dits, Lyon
2003 Seventh International Photography Gathering, Aleppo
2003 Plan 03 – Month of Architecture and the Arts, Plan 03, Cologne
2002 Workshop for emerging Photographers, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Singapore
2002 Source – Photographic Review, Belfast
2002 Southern Cross, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
2001 The John Kobal Award 2001, National Portrait Gallery, London
2000 Lollypops, Galerie Büro für Fotos, Cologne


Collection Contemporain, Bibliothèque Municipal de Lyon, France
Office Of Public Works (OPW), Dublin City Council, Ireland
Magahy and Company, Dublin, Ireland
Private collections in Ireland, England, Germany, France, Canada and Belgium


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