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Vote No. 2 by Mark Duffy

Vote No. 2 by Mark Duffy

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Vote No. 2 by Mark Duffy looks at the surface nature of politics by examining in situ election advertising, pairing the faces of near identically posed politicians with the artificial blue skies of their posters. Each page is split horizontally allowing the viewer to remix the faces of these seemingly interchangeable would-be leaders.


Mark Duffy is Irish artist who grew up in Athlone, now based in the UK. Duffy’s artistic practice explores issues of politics, power, national identity and media in the public sphere. His recent ongoing work documents the aftermath of the UK’s fractious Brexit referendum, framing these themes with absurdity and satirical humour. Duffy formerly worked as photographer for the Houses of Parliament (2015-2019) during which his photojournalism characterised many memorable front pages. 

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Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2022 July. New Irish Works. The Print Works. Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2021 December. Galleries With[out] Walls. Gallery of Photography. Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2021 October. ‘FUTURES’. The Library Project. Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2020 October. Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) annual show. Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2019 October-November. ‘In the Wake of Brexit’. Site specific installation. London, UK.

  • 2019 March- April. ‘BREXIT IT YOUR FAULT’. Format photography festival. Derby, UK.

  • 2018 May. 'Brexit is Your Fault: Pre-Brexit Portrait Studio' [performance/installation]. Peckham 24. London, UK.

  • 2018 April- June. In, Around & Aftereffects. Roscommon Arts Centre, Ireland.

  • 2017 May. 'It's Gonna be Great' [co-curation]. Copeland Gallery, Peckham 24. London, UK.

  • 2016 September. 'Images of Power' [artworks & co-curation]. Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, UK.

  • 2016 September. Seoul Lunar Photo Fest. Seoul, South Korea.

  • 2016 July. ‘Ideals’, PhotoIreland. Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2016 March. Festival Circulation(s). Paris, France.

  • 2016 February. Nuit de la Photo. La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

  • 2015 September- 2016 August. Kaunas Photo festival. Kaunas, Lithuania.

  • 2015 July- September. Alt +1000 Festival. Rossiniere, Switzerland.

Selected Achievements:

  • Artists’ books in the libraries of Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), Tate Modern (London, UK), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK).

  • 2020 Featured artist; ‘Cool + Noteworthy’, British Journal of Photography.

  • 2018 Invited exhibitor at Tate Lates. Tate Modern. London UK.

  • 2016 Shortlisted for the PhotoEspana Photoook of the Year. Madrid, Spain.

  • 2016 Winner of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Award.

  • 2015 Winner of the Vienna Photobook award.

  • 2015 Shortlisted for the Luma Dummy Book Award Arles.




Featuring an essay by Duncan Wooldridge


Wiro-bound hardback

14.8 x 28cm

108 pages

Self published September 2022

Edition of 200


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