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Marcus DeSieno

North Port, FL


Artist Statement

Surveillance Landscapes: “Surveillance Landscapes interrogates how surveillance technology has changed our relationship and understanding of landscape and place in our increasingly intrusive electronic culture. I hack into surveillance cameras, public webcams, and CCTV feeds in a pursuit for the classical picturesque landscape, dislocating the visual product from its automated origins while searching for a conversation between land, borders, and power. The very act of surveying a site through these photographic systems implies a dominating relationship between man and place. Ultimately, I hope to undermine these schemes of social control through the obfuscated melancholic images found while exploiting the technological mechanisms of power in our surveillance society.”


Marcus DeSieno received a degree in Documentary Studies/Documentary Photography from the SALT Institute of Documentary Studies (Portland, ME), a BA in Photography from Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT), and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida. DeSieno has exhibited widely, including most recently at Portspace Gallery (Gulf Port, FL); Vermont Center for Photography (Brattleboro, VT); Candela Books and Gallery (Richmond, VA); the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA); and Prospect Gallery (Cleveland, OH). He has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including most recently being named one of the winners in LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards in 2016, one of Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 in 2016, and one of the selected artists for the Flash Forward Festival in 2016. DeSieno’s work has been included in a number of publications both in print and online, and he has acted as an exhibition curator, juror, and portfolio review. DeSieno is currently the visiting professor of photography at Marlboro College.

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