Mark Smith (AU)


29 April 2022 - 12 June 2022
Image: Mark Smith, [Ugly/Beautiful], 2015. Represented by Arts Project Australia, Melbourne.   Mark Smith.

Image: Mark Smith, Ugly/Beautiful, 2015. Represented by Arts Project Australia, Melbourne.   Mark Smith.


29 April 2022 - 12 June 2022


Arts Project Australia [i]
Collingwood Yards
Level 1, Perry St Building,
35 Johnston St, Collingwood
Wed – Fri, 11am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 12pm – 4pm




Wheelchair access



“After my accident, I was told I’d never walk again. I proved them wrong.”

Ugly/Beautiful is a solo exhibition of photographic work by Melbourne-based mixed-media artist Mark Smith. It presents a space for beauty and ugliness to coalesce. Exploring identity, difference and faith, the artwork aims to express feelings of joy. Says Smith: “This is me! Take it or leave it!” Yet, the viewer’s experience is more confronting, with imagery depicting digital collages of body parts lurching outwards from a black background, prompting feelings of disconnectedness, discomfort, and unease.

“I consider limitations and barriers imposed on me as an invitation/motivation to fuel my determination to create and succeed. My works are ambiguous to the viewing public. However, my greater intention is to break down preconceived understandings of disability. My life’s experiences are definitely an inspiration for my artworks.”

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March