PICTURE/PERFECT: Mark Kasumovic // photography + video
Toronto based artist Mark Kasumovic is exhibiting his latest body of work entitled "PICTURE/PERFECT" at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto's west end. The project examines the precarious relationship between photography, tourism and our new digital landscape.
"PICTURE/PERFECT" is an ongoing investigation of the virtualization of our daily lives by taking a critical look at the shifting role of photography in the digital age. Using the tourist as a backdrop to explore today's explosion of digital information, Kasumovic creates photographs and video works that traverse the spectacle of the world's most photographed places and question our relationship to authentic experience.
The exhibition combines the mediums of candid street photography, large format digital collage and video media. Kasumovic's flash filled street photographs from Paris' most photographed iconic sights shed light on the intimate bond between the camera and its operator. His video works re-construct, through the painstaking process called 'roto-scoping' (frame-by-frame video manipulation), iconic Canadian tourist sites.
Mark Kasumovic has recently graduated with an MFA from NSCAD University. He has received multiple awards and grants, participated in several large-scale commissions and exhibitions, and has recently been commissioned to install large scale images from "PICTURE/PERFECT" at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto this summer. His thesis work, entitled "PICTURE/PERFECT" was recently purchased by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.