Marco Pereira (b. 1981, Portugal) is a London-based visual artist with a background in photography and psychology working with the aesthetics of abstract photography and painting to revalue, create and reimagine boundaries between materiality, content and context. Since graduating from an MA in Photography (London College of Communication, 2011), Marco has been exhibiting his work in both gallery exhibitions and in publication form, whilst supporting his practice by working as a photographic retoucher. 

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of images being produced within this industry, recently he has been working with photographic processes of chemical unfixing and re-fixing to subvert and reimagine this ‘image-world’, transforming glossy large-scale commercial portraits, editorial and other advertising images into images reminiscent of abstract expressionist paintings whilst simultaneously drawing attention to the photograph's surface indexical trace. 

Recent projects include Aggression at King’s College, London (2019), Meditations at NŌUA Gallery, Bodø, Norway (2018) and collaborations with two contemporary philosophy publications, The Human Front and Phi Magazine. Marco is currently undertaking an MA in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.

EDUCATION

2018 - 2021 - MA Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London
2010 - 2011 - MA Photography, London College of Communication
2006 - 2009 - BA Photography and Psychology


EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Aggression group show - Phi Magazine, Bush House, London [cat.]
2018 - Meditations series screening, NŌUA Gallery, Bodø, Norway
2015 - Photography: [De]Materialised group show, Oxford House, London [cat.] 
2013 - The Open West, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham
2012 - Photography in Flux group show, Candid Arts Centre, London
2011 - Well Gallery - London College of Communication, London [cat.]
2010 - LUCID group show in Bodø, Norway
2009 - Photography BA Degree Group Show - The Old Truman Brewery, London
2009 - Archive & Memory group show/ Symposium - University of Roehampton, London
2008 - [IN]site group show - Deptford Cockpits arts Gallery, London [cat.]


PUBLICATIONS

2020 - Genealogy Series Publication - The Human Front
2019 - Vortex Series Publication - The Human Front 
2015 - Photography: [De]Materialised, Oxford House, London
2008 - [IN]site group show - Deptford Cockpits arts Gallery, London


RESIDENCIES

2021 - Casa Borda do Campo, Figueira da Foz, Portugal (upcoming)
2010 - The Convento de Mértola, Portugal
2009 - Forkbeard Fantasy, Waterslade Studios, Somerset


SYMPOSIA & TALKS

2020 - Photography & Industry, University of Roehampton, London
2017 - Artist’s Talk, University of Roehampton, London
2015 - Landscape and Place, University of Roehampton, London
2009 - Archive & Memory Symposium, University of Roehampton, London


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019 - 2020 Freelance Creative Photographic Editor, Fashion (marcopais.com)
2013 - 2019 Post Production Manager, Fashion/ Advertising, Spring Studios, London
2012 - 2013 Associate Lecturer: Photography, University of Roehampton, London
2008 - 2013 Freelance Digital Operator/ Lighting Assistant, Fashion/ Advertising 

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