Mark Aitken is an artist and academic whose practice includes film, photography, writing and radio. Mark collaborates with subjects to produce emotionally resonant works about loss of family, home, history and community. Working across different mediums over many years offers a body of work that is unified yet diverse and at home in cinemas, galleries, installations, bookshops and on radio.
In 2022, Mark will be an Arts Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in Finland. Research to produce new works on relevance of indigenous culture in the Arctic during the climate crisis will be undertaken.
Mark’s award-winning films include Dead when I got here about a Mexican psychiatric hospital run by its own patients; Forest of Crocodiles about a fearful white South African rural community; Until when you die traces a Vietnamese refugee’s journey home and This was Forever about the loss of a community allotment in London. Mark has also facilitated over fifty films with students.
Mark’s photo installation Sanctum Ephemeral and book about a community losing their homes won the UK National Open Art 2017, Portrait of Britain and was published in national press, magazines and exhibited in group shows.
Teaching film practice since 1990, Mark currently lectures at Central St Martins, London and offers creative consultancy to professionals. He was awarded his doctorate, Emotional truths in documentary making from Goldsmiths in 2019.
Mark produced a radio series on London’s Resonance fm for 15 years and continues radio production at Dublab in Barcelona.