Mark Dion (United States, 1961) lives in New York City. For his work, Dion delves deeply into the history of a subject or location and, like an archaeologist, retrieves all sorts of hidden things that he exhibits in unusual ways in his installations. As a result, he might dedicate an appropriately designed ‘knowledge centre’ to the seagull, which, in his words, is ‘one of the most hated of birds but also one of the most intelligent.’ Dion typically packages his engagement with the world and his passion for history and science in a way that is humorous without stripping it of its sharp edges. He has many international projects and exhibitions to his name, and major museums such as the MoMa in New York and the Tate Gallery in London include his work in their collection. He has also been the recipient of countless awards.