Mark Aitken is an artist and academic working with film, photography, writing and radio. Mark collaborates with people to produce emotionally resonant works. Working across different mediums over many years offers a body of work that is unified yet diverse and at home in cinemas, television, galleries, installations, bookshops and on radio.
Currently supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Mark is undertaking arts research with artists and scholars in Lapland in 2022. He'll then begin an Arts Fellowship at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in Finland. New photographic, sound and film works about relationships to the natural environment in the Arctic will be produced.
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 2017 and was published in national press, magazines and exhibited in group shows in London. Glasgow and a solo show in Catalonia.
Teaching film practice since 1990, Mark currently lectures at Central St Martins, London. He was awarded his doctorate, Emotional truths in documentary making from Goldsmiths in 2019. Mark produced radio on London’s Resonance fm for 15 years and at Dublab, Barcelona for three years.