Fortas' practice can be characterised as consisting of a combination of fieldwork and constructed studio practice and both of a very formal aesthetic rigour.

He is interested in creating socially engaged and visually innovative projects which accentuate potential of photographic form to function as a mode of deconstruction, the role of photographic image in distribution of power in the state and subversive value of lens-based mode of enquiry.


Curriculum Vitae
Lives and works in London


Royal College of Art, MA Fine Art Photography
Dublin Institute of Technology, BA (Hons) Photography


2016/07 – Artful Dodgers & Royal College of Art Graduate Award, London, United Kingdom
2016/04 – RUA RED Gallery Solo Exhibition Award, Dublin, Ireland
2015/10 – Travel and Training Award, The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2015/09 – Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Photography Bursary (shortlisted), Paris, France
2015/08 – Royal College of Art, Fine Art Bursary Award, London, UK
2015/08 – Royal College of Art, HEFCE Bursary, London, UK
2015/05 – BMW Residency Award at Musée Nicéphore Niépce,Chalon-sur-Saône (shortlisted), France
2014/11 – Camera Clara Prize, Fondation Grésigny, Paris, France
2014/09 – Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant, Warsaw, Poland
2014/07 – MAC International 2014 Art Prize, Belfast, Northern Ireland (shortlisted)
2014/03 – Royal College of Art, HEFCE Bursary, London, UK
2013/02 – Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant, Warsaw, Poland
2012/11 – Visual Art Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2012/11 – Culture Ireland, International Culture Programme Grant, Dublin, Ireland
2012/07 – PhotoIreland Festival 2012 portfolio review winner, Dublin, Ireland
2012/01 – The Foam Paul Huf Award 2012 nominee, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012/01 – 2nd Alliance Française Photography Award nominee, Dublin, Ireland
2011/10 – Dublin Institute of Technology Medal, Dublin, Ireland
2011/07 – Propeller Fine Art Award, Dublin, Ireland

Solo Exhibitions:

2016/09 – RUARED, Skene, Dublin, Ireland
2012/07 – Coal Story, Now Art Festival, Galeria do Palácio Porto, Portugal
2012/01 – Coal Story, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2009/11 – The View of Photography: After-Party Portraits, The Crow Gallery, Dublin

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018/02 - En Suspens, LE BAL, Paris, France
2018/01 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Block 336, London,UK
2017/09 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK
2015/09 – Les Gueules Noires de l’Europe, 9-9 Bis, Oignies, France
2015/03 – RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
2015/03 – ‘Focal Point’ (Darek Fortas, Kenji Hirasawa, Christopher Oliver, Joanna Sperryn-Jones, curated by Marek Wolynski), Unit 24, London, UK
2014/12 – Camera Clara Prize Exhibition, Central Dupon Images, Paris, France
2014/10 – MAC International Biennial 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2014/05 – 184th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2014/07 – ‘Expansive Traces’ (curated by Eimear Redmnd) Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland
2013/08 – ‘Labour and Lockout’ (curated by Helen Carey, participating artist: Darek Fortas, Anthony Haughey, Mark Curran, Jesse Jones, Megs Morley & Tom Flanagan, Seamus Farrell, Deirdre Power, Sean Lynch, Deirdre O’Mahony), Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
2013/03 – ‘FORMAT13 Photography Festival’, The Chocolate Factory, Derby, UK
2012/10 – ‘In The Black’,The Black Mariah, curated by Matt Packer & The Black Mariah, Cork, Ireland
2012/10 – ‘Agents of Change:Photography and the Politics of Space’, Photobook Show, Brighton Photo Biennial, UK
2012/09 – ‘Global Change Personal Stories’, 11th International Photo Festival, Aleppo, Syria
2012/07 – ‘On Migration’, PhotoIreland Festival, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland
2011/11 – RUA RED, Winter Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
2011/09 – ‘What Matters Now?’, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA

Curatorial, Editorial, Lecturing & Professional Experience:

2013/08 – Member of Panel of Experts at The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2012/12 – Neu/Now Festival, Visual Arts Jury Member (project by ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts & European Commission DG Education and Culture), Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012/10 – Visiting Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology, Photography Dept. Dublin, Ireland
2011/06 – Photo Editor, Prism Photography Magazine, Dublin, Ireland
2010/06 – Photo Editor, Photo Volume, Dublin, Ireland

Selected Publications:

2016/07-  British Journal of Photography, London,United Kingdom
2015/09 – Irish Arts Review, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
2015/03 – L’Oeil de la Photographie, Paris, France
2014/06 – Limerick European City of Culure 2014 Catalouge, Limerick, Ireland
2014/05 – Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition Catalouge, Dublin, Ireland
2014/03 – SOURCE Photographic Review, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2014/01 – FOTO Magazine, text by Grazyna Siedlecka, Warsaw, Poland
2013/08 – Working Times, Lockout 1913 commemoration zine, Limerick, Ireland
2012/10 – Uncertain States quarterly photography newsprint publication, London, UK
2012/07 – Now/Neu Festival 2012 catalouge, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012/07 – PhotoIreland Festival 2012 catalouge, Dublin, Ireland
2012/07 – Prism Photography Magazine #06, Dublin, Ireland
2011/09 – Irish Arts Review, Autumn Issue, Dublin, Ireland
2011/08 – Source Photographic Review, Booklet with Graduate Photography 2011 Focus in Ireland,Belfast, Northern Ireland
2010/09 –”Intimacy” (Issue 5), SuperMassiveBlackHole Photography
Magazine, Dublin, Ireland