Dr. Mark Curran

Dr. Mark Curran holds a PhD from the Centre for Transcultural Research + Media Practice, DIT, is Lecturer + Year Tutor on the BA (Hons) Photography programme where he also supervises Masters By Research (MRes.) students. Since 2011, he has been Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual + Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.


#DataRush/Pulse, NOORDERLICHT 2015 (NOORDERLICHT, Groningen, the Netherlands)2015
‘Ausschnitte aus EDEN/Extracts from EDEN: Re-representing the ‘wounded’ landscape of the Lausitz, Eastern Germany’ in Photographies, Wells, L. + Bright, D. (eds.)(Routledge, London, UK)2013
FACTORY:Mass Production (FORMAT 2013, Derby, UK)2013
‘Capital at Work: Methodology in THE MARKET’ in Perspectives: Anthology of IADT Research, Kirwan, G. (ed.)(IADT, Dublin, Ireland)2013
Migrations: PhotoIreland 2012 (PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland)2012


Periodical Review #5, Pallas Projects + NCAD Gallery, Dublin, Ireland2016
The Economy of Appearances by Mark Curran, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland2015
#DataRush, NOORDERLICHT 2015, Groningen, the Netherlands 2015 - Photoville, New York City, USA2015
THE MARKET – Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France2014

Reseach projects

Incorporating photography/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. These have been extensively presented, published and exhibited internationally. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland + curated by Helen Carey, his current transnational project, THE MARKET (2010-) continues the cycle to date and focuses on the functioning + condition of the global markets.

THE MARKET (2010-) on functioning + condition of the global markets. Curated by Helen Carey + centrally supported by the Arts Council of Ireland + Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Ireland. Other supporters include NEPN (University of Sunderland, UK), Noorderlicht (Groningen, the Netherlands). Extracts from EDEN (2003-2008) sited in declining industrial + coal mining region of former East Germany, the project focused on the prophetic experiences as a result of globalisation. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland The Breathing Factory (2003-2006), central outcome of practice-led doctorate, researched the role of representation of globalised labour, industrial space + global labour practices in the context of Ireland's recent economic development. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and publication by Edition Braus in collaboration with Belfast Exposed + Gallery of Photography. Includes essays by Martin McCabe + Dr Sean O'Riain. Southern Cross (1999-2002)(recipient of the first Artist Award from Gallery of Photography, Dublin), critically surveyed the so-called, ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy of the Irish republic, through portraits and landscape, mapping the spaces of Development and Global Finance. Publication by Cornerhouse (2002) was supported by Gallery of Photography + SIPTU. Includes poem by author, Philip Casey + essay by Dr Justin Carville.


‘Normalising Deviance and the construction of THE MARKET’, Panel (invited), Global Capitalism + The Challenge of Well-being In The World, Annual Conference of the Swiss Anthropological Society, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland (November 14th – 14th)2015
‘Normalising Deviance and the construction of THE MARKET’, Panel (invited), INFINITI conference on International Finance, University of Ljubljana + Trinity College Dublin, Ljubljana, Slovenia (June 8th – 9th)2015
‘Slap, Bang in the Middle: Re-representing THE MARKET’, Keynote, Mapping The Frontiers of Financial Capital: Art, Anthropology + High Finance, Royal Anthropological Institute + University of Sussex, London, England (April 25th)2015
‘The Normalisation of Deviance : Constructing THE MARKET’, Keynote, SOUND VISION ACTION 2014 McGill University, Montreal, Canada, (November 14th – 15th)2014
‘The Normalisation of Deviance : Constructing THE MARKET’, Keynote, The Theatre of Memory, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (January 16th – 18th)2014

Awards + Achievements

Deutsche Börse Photography Award 2016 nomination for The Economy of Appearances from Christiane Monarchi, Editor, Photomonitor.co.uk2015
Commission, North East Photography Network (University of Sunderland) + NOORDERLICHT2015
Visual Arts Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland2013
Prix Pictet (International Award for Photography) nomination for THE MARKET by Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland2013
Government of Ireland Bursary, Culture Ireland2012