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Mark Lewis (born 1957, Canada) lives and works primarily in London. His film and digital moving image works frequently depict everyday life through the use of cinematographic techniques. They make subtle and often accidental allusions to the wider tradition of film, photography, and painting. In 2009, Lewis represented Canada at the 53rd Venice Biennale with his exhibition Cold Morning. His film Black Mirror at the National Gallery (2011) has been shown at a number of film festivals including the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival (both 2011). His upcoming projects include three films for the Musée du Louvre and participation in the 31st São Paulo Biennale. Lewis is also co-founder and co-director of Afterall, a publication and research organization based in Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. He has exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; the National Gallery of Canada; PS1, New York; BFI Southbank, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.
Mark Lewis made a film in and about the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He imaged the history and mythology of the DMZ and documents the bunker beneath a mountain in Cheorwon. Here, everything that might seem to the viewer to be specific, portentous, or relevant in Observation in Cheorwon County is the result of the work of the film itself as the camera surveys, explicates, and examines the landscape unfolding beneath it.