Mark Roberts

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Mark Roberts (1970) is an English visual artist and scriptwriter currently based in Rovaniemi, Finland. With a BA in Photography from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and an MA in Film Scriptwriting from the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, Roberts’s conceptual works employ photography, video, text, and sound to investigate our acknowledged and hidden relationships with the spaces and places we inhabit or pass through.

Mark Roberts collaborates with his wife Minna Rainio to produce large-scale, multi-channel video installations that deal with social and political issues and their impact on people’s individual experiences and histories. Their art has dealt with issues such as Finnish-Russian border, refugees’ experiences in Finland and the international trafficking of women. Rainio & Roberts have exhibited widely in Finland, Europe and United States including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (2004), Finnish Photography Triennial (Salo Art Museum 2006), Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany (2008), Finnish Cultural Institute in Paris (2008), Franklin Art Works Gallery in Minneapolis (2010), Governor’s Island Gallery in New York (2011), Finnish Museum of Photography (2012) as well as numerous international festivals.


2009MA Film Screenwriting
1999BA (Hons) Photography

Kotimaiset yksityisnäyttelyt

2014Peri Photography Gallery, Turku,
2012Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Maamme / Vårt Land
2012Esplanadin Lava, Maamme / Vårt Land
2008Korjaamo, Helsinki,
2008Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi,
2006Valo Gallery, Rovaniemi,
2005Tampere Film Festival, Tampere,
2004Aine Art Museum, Tornio,
2001Valonvoima Festival, Helsinki, Ääniä Valossa and Silent Disco

Kotimaiset ryhmänäyttelyt

2013Pori Art Museum, Pori, Bodies, Borders, Crossings
2012Oulu Art Museum, Snowball Effect, North Finland Art Biennale
2012Kemi Art Museum, PolArt 2012
2011Ateneum, Helsinki, The Magic of Lapland
2009Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Home Today
2008Lens Politica, Helsinki, Terra Incognita
2008North Karjala Art Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland,
2006Salo Art Museum, Talvimaa – Winterland, Finnish Photography Triennale
2004Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Faster Than History
1999Laterna Magica, Helsinki, Ympari

Ulkomaiset yksityisnäyttelyt

2010Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, USA,
2009Finnish Cultural Institute, Paris,
2006Gallery Black Box, Narvik, Norway,

Ulkomaiset ryhmänäyttelyt

2014Galeria Juan Pardo Heeren/ICPNA, Lima, Peru, Bodies, Borders, Crossings
2014Ministry of Culture Exhibition Halls, Uruguay, Bodies, Borders, Crossings
2013Preus Museum of Photography, Oslo, Norway, Bodies, Borders, Crossings
2013Luleå, Sweden, X-Border Art Biennale
2011Governors Island, New York, Bodies, Borders, Crossings
2010Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, USA, Almos(t)here
2009Thionville, France, Festival “Des Frontieres et des Hommes”,
2008St. Etienne, France, International Design Bienalle
2008Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Aachen, Gerrmany , Borderlives
2008Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Kiel, Gerrmany , Borderlives
2007Festspillene, Harstadt, Norway, Border Crossing Exercises
2005Kirkenes, Norway, Barents Triennale
2005Nicosia, Cyprus, Leaps of Faith
2005Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium, Locus Lophem
2005Media Center Vyhod, Petroskoi, Russia, On the Earth and Under the Sky
2003Lok-Stall, Kirkenes, Norway, Sound installation
1999Atrium Gallery, Whiteleys, London, Created Space
1999The Mall Gallery, London, InSight

Workshopit ja symposiumit

2010Seminars and student critiques at University of Denver, Colorado
2010Public discussion at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis
2009Public presentation at Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis
2009Public presentation and student critiques at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
2008Limited invitation to create sound installation for new Sami University in Nuorgam, Norway. 1 of 5 participating artists.
2007Europe and Its Others. Interceptions of Past, Present and Future. Conference in the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
2007Locations of Emancipation – conference, University of Lapland
2007Borderlands – To Live at the Border conference, Stockholm, Sweden
2006Lapin Lisä, Script development programme, Tornio, Finland
2006Seminar presentation for Art in the North seminars, Rovaniemi, Finland
2005DKSG, Belgrade, Serbia
2005POEMdocs 02, Oulu
2005Seminar presentation for Leaps of Faith exhibition, Nicosia, Cyprus
2003POEMdocs 01, Oulu
2000Teaching ‘Interactive Technologies’ module for E.M.M.A.B.A. (European Masters in Multimedia and Audiovisual Business Administration), Kemi-Tornio Polytechnic and University of Lapland

Julkiset teokset

2007The City In Pieces (Berlinstambul) - Sound Performance - Placard headphone festival / Pixelache, Kiasma, Helsinki
2004Working Space / Surface Time (with John Court) - Forum Box, Helsinki (2004); Center for Marginal Arts, Joensuu (2004); Aine Art Museum, Tornio (2004); La-Bas Festival, Oulun Taidekoulu, Oulu (2004)
2002Roberts / Verhaverbeke (laptop duo) - Betonirock, Jyväskylä (2002)
2001Kelly / Roberts / Verhaverbeke (laptop trio) - Kaiku01 Festival, Rovaniemi (2003); Dotcoma club, Saunabar, Helsinki (2002); La-Bas, Cable Factory, Helsinki (2002); Amorph01! Festival, Gloria, Helsinki (2001)
2001Keränen / Roberts / Verhaverbeke (laptop trio) - Dotcoma club, Saunabar Helsinki (2001)

Teoksia kokoelmissa

2007Jenny and Antti Wihuri Collection
2004Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Muu taiteellinen toiminta

2013Nordic Baltic AiR Residency, Tromsø, Norway
2013Curator for Import/Export Exhibition, Tornio/Haparanda
2010Curator for Almos(t)here, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis
2010Curator for Inside/Outside Exhibition, Rovaniemi
2007Platform Garanti contemporary art centre, Istanbul, Turkey
2007How Everything Turns Away, Kaiku Records mp3.08
2007Surfaces, Kaiku Records CD-R 01
2006Berlin Artists Residency, Lapland Arts Council
2005Berlin Artists Residency, Lapland Arts Council
2005Kaiku Festival for Experimental Sound and Video - Festival founder and Director, Rovaniemi
2003St. Petersburg: Field Recordings, Dotcoma Recordings CD-R 01
2002Diseases, Dotcoma Recordings CD-R 02

Apurahat ja palkinnot

2014Arts Council of Finland (Travel grant)
2013Arts Promotion Center Lapland (Artist Grant)
2012AVEK (Media Art Production)
2012Svenska Kulturfonden (Media Art Production)
2012Stiftelsen Tre Smeder (Media Art Production)
2012William Thurings stiftelse (Media Art Production)
2011William Thurings stiftelse (Media Art Production)
2010Finnish Film Foundation (SES) (Scriptwriting Grant)
2010Arts Council of Finland (Media art grant)
2009Quarterfinalist, Silver Screenwriting Competition, 2009, The Ungrateful Dead
2009FRAME (Publication Grant)
2009AVEK (Media Art Production Grant)
2008Finnish Culture Foundation (Lapland) (Artist Grant - 1 year)
2008Arts Council of Finland (Media art grant)
2008AVEK (Eight Rooms Exhibition)
2008Lapland Arts Council (Eight Rooms Exhibition)
2007Arts Council of Finland (Media art grant)
2007Finnish Culture Foundation (Finland) (Artist Grant – 1 year)
2007FRAME residency grant
2006Lapland Arts Council (Exhibition expenses grant)
2006AVEK (Media Art Grant)
2006Arts Council of Finland (Media art grant)
2006Finnish Culture Foundation (Lapland) (Artist Grant)
2005Arts Council of Finland (Production grant)
2005AVEK (Media art production grant)
2005Lapland Arts Council (Artist Residency grant)
2005POEM (Production grant)
2005Arts Council of Finland (Public Display grant)
2005AVEK (Media art grant)
2005Lapland Arts Council (Artist Grant)
2005Arts Council of Finland (Media art grant)
2004Alfred Kordelin Foundation (Production grant)
2004Arts Council of Finland (Publicity costs grant)
2004AVEK (Scriptwriting)
2004POEM (POEMdocs pre-production grant)
2003POEM (POEMdocs production grant)
2003AVEK (Media Art)
2003Finnish Culture Foundation (Lapland) (Festival Grant)
2003LUSES (Festival Production Grant)
2002Arts Council of Finland (Media art grant)
2000Arts Council of Finland (Travel grant)
1999Helsinki Culture Foundation (Production grant)

Jäsenyydet ja luottamustoimet

2005Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti (Co-founder and vice chairman)
2004Lapland Artists Association
2004Kuvasto ry
2004Muu ry