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Mark Kasumovic is a Canadian born artist currently based in Middlesbrough, UK. His work revolves around the inherent truth-value of the photograph and the many limitations within the medium. His most recent work investigates the relationships between technology and knowledge production within the context of scientific research. Other projects include: Picture/Perfect, which uses the tourist as a backdrop to explore the explosion of digital images as data in the information age, An American Landscape, which explores the multiplicity of meaning possible through the process of picture making with a camera, and Ideal Landscapes, which challenges the value of traditional landscape photography by turning the natural landscape into an artificially lit stage. 

In 2008, Mark was selected as the Ontario winner of the BMO Art First National Competition along with being credited best in show of his graduating class exhibition at Ryerson University, and receiving the Snap! Stars art award sponsored by TD Canada Trust. The following two years, Mark was featured in Magenta Foundation's annual publication, Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers. Since then, Mark has received grants and honours from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Culture Nova Scotia, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Recently, Mark was awarded Junior Visiting Research Fellowship a the University of New South Wales School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science). His recent exhibitions include commissions to photograph the Ontario Greenbelt for Canada's largest outdoor exhibition space at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and three new installations at the Harbourfront Centre's Ontario Square from onwards.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Photographic representations of contemporary technology
  • The role of photography in representing the contemporary landscape
  • Collaborations between art practitioners and scientists
  • Photography and its relation to scientific instrumentation
  • Photographic representation as Interface
  • Visual arts-based research


External Research Collaborations

Curatorial Assistant: The Family Camera Project, Western University (PI Thy Phu)

Video Editor: The Family Camera Project, Western University (PI Thy Phu)

External Roles and Professional Activities

Member of The Arts in Society Research Network.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Western University

1 Sep 201319 Oct 2018

Award Date: 19 Oct 2018

Master, NSCAD University

1 Sep 201031 Aug 2012

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Bachelor, Ryerson University

31 Aug 20041 Sep 2009

Award Date: 1 Sep 2009

External positions

Sessional Lecturer, Ryerson University

1 Jan 201830 Apr 2018

Junior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

12 Dec 20161 Mar 2017


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