(1982, Minneapolis, MN)
Mark Kendall works between film, sculpture, performance, and installation, fusing complex social issues, subtleties in perception, and questions of cultural value through a meticulous, research-based practice. Though varied in content and form, Kendall’s work engages with questions of ethical reception, seeking out ways that human, local, and vernacular struggles perform against powerful global forces. His work has been exhibited at venues including the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Anthology Film Archives, New York. His films have screened at festivals such as SXSW, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, É Tudo Verdade, and SANFIC. Kendall is the recipient of several fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Emerging Visions” Fellowship, the Brown Foundation Fellowship, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Guernica, BLOUIN ARTINFO, Village Voice, and others. Kendall was selected as “a name to watch” by Variety, and is the recipient of a grant from the Sundance Institute and an award from the International Documentary Association for his debut feature film, La Camioneta. He has received additional support for his work from Berlinale Talents, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), and the Jerome Foundation. Invited residencies include The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Dora Maar House, and The Bogliasco Foundation. Kendall holds a B.A. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University, an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, and an M.S. in Synthetic Landscapes from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he remains an affiliated researcher.