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Research from Bolland, Mark


Mark Bolland


Mark Bolland is Senior Lecturer, Programme Manager for Undergraduate Programmes, and Studio Co-ordinator for Photography and Electronic Arts at Dunedin School of Art. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, with an MA, he has divided his time between teaching, writing and his art practice. Mark's current photographic practice constitutes an ongoing project about image culture and the changing landscape of New Zealand. His photographs are about how experiences of this place are mediated through image and how these landscapes, their histories and people's experiences of them are commodified. He has exhibited photographic work in both the UK and New Zealand. He was a finalist in the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award at the Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand and has had solo exhibitions in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington. He has written essays for exhibition catalogues on a range of artists, including Thomas Demand & Jeff Wall and many articles for journals and magazines, including Art New Zealand, PA Magazine, Photoworks, Portfolio, Source and others. In his teaching and supervision Mark focuses on photography histories and prehistories, and photography's role in contemporary art and our digital culture.

Research Outputs

Journal Article

Bolland, M. (2017) Hierophanies and Apparitions: Some ideas toward an archaeology of the photographic. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Art & Design, 14, November, 8-15. Double blind peer reviewed essay.

Bolland, M. (2016) The Photographer as Collector: Walker Evans and Patrick Pound Intersect at the Adam Art Gallery. Art New Zealand, #160, Summer 2016-7, pp 70-73. Edited by Art New Zealand editorial board.

Bolland, M. (2015) Folly. “Scope, Contemporary Research Topics, Art & Design 11”, November 2015, pp25-30 www.thescopes.org. Peer reviewed essay.

Lord, T & Bolland, M (2015) Totara: A conversation between Thomas Lord and Mark Bolland, June 2015 Scope, Contemporary Research Topics, Art & Design 11, November 2015, pp31-35

Bolland, M. (2012) Cultural Cross-Pollination: Wayne Barrar’s Torbay ti kouka, Art New Zealand, Issue 142 Winter 2012. http://www.art-newzealand.com/Noarticles/issue142.html. Commissioned and edited by Art New Zealand editorial board.

Creative Work

Bolland, M. (2017) New Monuments. Solo exhibition, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, March-April 2017. Selected and curated by James Gilberd, director, Photospace Gallery.

Bolland, M. (2016) Sacred Valley. Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, group exhibition, Waikato Museum, September-December 2016. http://waikatomuseum.co.nz/exhibitions-and-events/view/2145882793/2016-national-contemporary-art-award. Selected and curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz.

Bolland, M (2016) Nice Background, solo exhibition DSA Gallery, Dunedin, July 2016, Curated by Neil Emmerson

Bolland, M. (2016) Nice Background. Art and Future: Energy, Climate, Cultures, group exhibition, DSA Gallery. https://www.op.ac.nz/assets/ArtSchool/Art-and-Future-programme.pdf

Bolland, M (2016) Nice Background. 1. “Nice Background”, solo exhibition, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, February-March 2016 curated by Warren Feeney; Dunedin School of Art Gallery, July 2016 curated by Neil Emmerson & Brick Brothers Gallery, Dunedin, October-November 2014 curated by Scotto Clarke: “Nice Background”, limited edition artist’s book & website, December 2015; Photobook New Zealand bookfair, Massey University, Wellington, March 2016

Bollland, M. (2015) Regeneration Art & Design: An Exhibition, Skinner Annex, Otago Museum, October 2015. Curated by Matt Galloway and Clive Humphreys

Oral Presentation

Bolland, M. (2015) Like A One-eyed Cat: Art and Photojournalism Presentation for Pecha Kucha, Dunedin Art Public Gallery, 4/10/15

Bolland, M. (2015) Folly: A new architectural/photographic work Public Lecture, Dunedin School of Art, 23rd July 2015


Bolland, M. (2011) ‘Helen Mitchell: Fixing Shifting Identities’ ‘Helen Mitchell: Shifting Identity’, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, 19th August -12th September

Chapter in Book

Bolland, M (2011) ‘W for Window’ Critical Dictionary, David Evans (Ed.), Black Dog Publishing, London, UK, 2011, ISBN 9781907317491. pp.168-173

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