Mark Lewis is famous Canadian photographer and filmmaker. He emerged on the Toronto art scene in the 1980’s after attending London’s Harrow College of Art and the Polytechnic of Central London, where he studied with artist and writer Victor Burgin and worked with film theorist Laura Mulvey. Beginning as a photographer and creator of politically charged public installation works, Lewis became more involved in filmmaking after a move to Vancouver in 1989.
Mark Lewis was born in 1958 in Hamilton, Ontario. From 1989 to 1997 he lived in Vancouver becoming part of the burgeoning photoconceptualism scene of the Vancouver School. Much of his work focuses on the technology of film and the different genres which have been developed in over 100 years of film history. His films are often short, precise exercises on particular techniques. His films tend to look at contemporary cities, film history, and the way film has impacted ideas about everyday life—subjects, for instance, have included ice skaters at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square and a custodial worker at Vancouver’s 1500 West Georgia Street.
In 2009, Lewis represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. Other exhibitions include shows at the Power Plant, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Hamburger Kunstverein, BFI Southbank and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work is in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. Lewis is also co-editorial director of Afterall, which produces a journal and books on contemporary art.