Dr Mark Kasumovic

Job: Senior Lecturer in Photography and Video

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: Ext. 4277

E: mark.kasumovic@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.markkasumovic.com


Personal profile

Mark Kasumovic is a Canadian born artist currently based in Leicester, UK and is currently Programme Leader of BA Photography and BA Photography and Video at DMU. His work and research revolves around the inherent truth-value of the photograph and the many limitations within the medium. His most recent ongoing body of work, A Human Laboratory, investigates the relationships between technology and knowledge production within the context of scientific instruments. 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 while exploring the southern US religious landscape, and Ideal Landscapes, which challenges the value of traditional landscape photography by turning the natural landscape into an artificially lit stage.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Art and Design

Photographic History and Research Centre

Creative and Heritage Industries Research Theme

Publications and outputs

Exhibition Record (solo)

2022 A Human Laboratory - British Science Festival, Leicester Gallery (DMU)
2019 A Human Laboratory - Bad Spirits Gallery, Gateshead
2018 A Human Laboratory - McIntosh Gallery, London
  Instrumental II - DHP (Double Happiness Projects), Toronto
2017-18 PICTURE/PERFECT - Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth
2016 Instrumental - ArtLab, London
  Instrumental - Art Gallery of Mississauga
2013 PICTURE/PERFECT, Telephone Booth Gallery, Toronto
2012 PICTURE/PERFECT, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
  Peggy's Cove Reconstructed, Nocturne Halifax (Outdoor Installation)
2011 In Plain View, Telephone Booth Gallery, Toronto
2010 I Can Hear You Humming, Department of Canadian Heritage, Toronto
  I Can Hear You Humming - Toronto Imageworks, Toronto
  HUMAN / NATURE, Ryerson Gallery, Toronto (w. Amanda Arcuri)
2007 Lens Factory, Toronto, Contact Festival 2007

Selected Exhibition Record (group)

2021 Gardenship and State, Museum London, Canada
2015 Terroir, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  Norte-South, Gallery 44, Toronto
  Norte-South, Museo de Arte Contemporaneao de Buenos Aires (MACBA), Argentina
  Periphery/Core, Satellite Art Space, London
2014 Suburbed, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
2013 Peggy's Cove Syndrome, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
2012 New Toronto Works (screening), Pleasure Dome, Toronto
  1812: A Contemporary Perspective, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  Searching For Jesus, Raw Foo (video Screening), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
  Recent Aquisitions, Art Gallery of Peel, Peel
2011 Snap! Fundraiser, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
  Preface, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
2010 NEW, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
  Beyond Imaginings: Eight Artists Encounter Ontario's Greenbelt, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  Flash Forward 2009, Griffith Museum of Photography, Boston
  Timeraiser: Toronto, The Fermenting Cellar (Distillery District), Toronto
2009 Flash Forward 2009, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto
  Flash Forward 2009, FotoWeek Central 4, Washington
  BMO 1st Art! Invitational, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto
  Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
  Hang with the Best, Toronto Imageworks, Toronto
  MaxEx, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
  Snap! '09, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto

Public Commisions

2013 Peggy's Cove: Reconstructed, Harbourfront Centre (outdoor installation), Canada Square, Toronto
  Ideal Landscape, Harbourfront Centre (outdoor installation), Ontario Square, Toronto
  Public Workshop Architecture, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto
2012 1812: A Contemporary Perspective, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  Peggy’s Cove: Reconstructed (Installation), Battery Wharf, Halifax
2010 Beyond Imaginings, Harbourfront Centre/Greenbelt Foundation, Toronto

Key research outputs

Recent Research Outputs: 

Kasumovic, M. (2023) Radical Documentary and the GardenShip Project. In: Skinner, R. (ed.) GardenShip and State. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, pp. 106-113

Kasumovic, M. (2022) A Human Laboratory: Imagining the invisible worlds of science. [Exhibition]. Leicester Gallery, Leicester. September 2022 - October 2022

Kasumovic, M. (2021) GardenShip and State. [Exhibition]. Museum London, Ontario. October 2021 - January 2022.

Research interests/expertise

  • Photography and the representation of contemporary technology
  • Collaborations between art practitioners and scientists
  • Photography and its relation to scientific instrumentation
  • Photographic representation as Interface
  • Visual arts-based research

Areas of teaching

  • Fine Art Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Photography and Video
  • Photography and Installation
  • Practice-based Dissertations


  • PhD Western University - Fine Art and Visual Communication (2018)
  • MFA NSCAD University - Fine and Media Arts (2012)
  • BFA Ryerson University - Image Arts (Photography) (2009)

Courses taught

BA Photography and Video

BA Photography

Honours and awards


Future Research Leader, De Montfort University, UK


Junior Visiting Research Fellow, University of New South Wales, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science)


Electronic Digital Art Award, Equity Bank, Shortlist

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, Social Sciences and   Humanities Research Council

Mary Routledge Fellowship, Western University Northern Science Training Fellowship, Canada


CGS Doctoral Award, SSHRC ($105,000)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member, Assosciation of Photographic Education

Fellowship FHEA (Fellow of Higher Education)

Professional licences and certificates


Forthcoming events


Symposium Paper: “A Human Laboratory and the Radical Image”, DOCUMENTARY FUTURES [Speculative Blind Spots], 01/06/2023, University of South Wales, 10:00 - 16:45

Conference Paper: “Ad-hoc Artist Residencies and Artist as Researcher”, LONDON CONFERENCE IN CRITICAL THOUGHT 2023 [Gentle Gestures], 30/06/2023, London Metropolitan University

Exhibition: Photo Book Winner, “A Human Laboratory”, Belfast Photo Festival, June 1-30, 2023

Current research students

Corey Keller, 2022-2025

Graham Pullen, 2022-2025

Michael Wiltshire, 2022-2025


Externally funded research grants information

The material culture of contemporary international research: reflections on an increasing complexity, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Ottawa), 2016-2018

Internally funded research project information

Enhancing Research Culture, Research and Scholarship Support Fund, 2022-23, Principle Investigator, in collaboration with Dr. James Bendle (Birminham University) 

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