Normalising Deviance

An Interview with Mark Curran

Normalising Deviance

An Interview with Mark Curran

Mark Curran: Bethlehem, Trader, Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX); © Mark Curran

Irish photographer Mark Curran presents his on-going project THE MARKET, which is an exploration of the predatory nature of the functioning and condition of global markets. Focusing on financial and commodity exchanges, Curran provides a multi-layered and multimodal investigation of market culture, primarily through interviews and photographic portraits of traders, financial analysts and bankers from Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa and Amsterdam. In the interview, Curran talks about the limitations of using photography to critically represent the intangible and immaterial aspects of the working of the market and its repetitive normalisation of deviance.

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THE MARKET became about exploring the predatory impact of the market through 'thick' cultural description of the nature of its functioning through critical representation of both labour and the environment which so decisively shape our future, but at the same time remain so thoroughly unseen.
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