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b. Auckland, New Zealand, 1974

  • Education

    • 2000

      • Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Solo Exhibitions

    • 2017

      • As above, so below, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
      • Aether, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2016

      • The Waters of Lethe, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Sea of Vapours, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    • 2015

      • Echo Chamber, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
    • 2014

      • One’s Own Grey, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    • 2013

      • Der Dünne Schleier, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • One’s Own Grey, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
    • 2012

      • The Sophist’s Mirror, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Hypnagogia, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Ilminster (a tale in ten parts), Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
      • The Lunar Apogee, Lopdell House, Auckland, New Zealand
    • 2011

      • An Alternative History, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 2010

      • The Doppler Effect, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • The Claim, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    • 2009

      • The Dark Chamber, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Epilogue, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
    • 2008

      • Lull, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Borderland, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Dead Time, Hocken Gallery, Dunedin & Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
    • 2007

      • The Day Before Yesterday, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru, New Zealand
      • Still, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 2006

      • The Hermetic Seal, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
      • Last Days, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • The Long Horror of that Piteous Night, Marshall Seifert Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 2005

      • Smoke and Mirrors, Aratoi Art and History Museum, Masterton & Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand
      • In a Smoke-filled Room, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • The Sweet Smell of Ether, Marshall Seifert Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Eight Lies, Whakatane Memorial Hall, Whakatane, New Zealand
    • 2004

      • Ghosting, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • The Book of Hours, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2003

      • And a Great Cloud Came Down, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • New Ambrotypes & Building the Empire, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Scenes from the Quiet Room, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2002

      • Predictions, Premonitions and Other White Lies, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Building the Empire, Photospace, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Through a Glass Darkly, Christopher Moore Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Group Exhibitions

    • 2016

      • Ruminations in the Cloisters: talking about photography, Old Bank Space, New Plymouth, New Zealand
      • Personal Messages, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2015

      • Nga Toi / Arts Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
      • The Alchemists: rediscovering photography in the age of the jpeg, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
      • Carbon Content, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
      • Showcase, Maerzgalerie, Leipzig, Germany
    • 2014

      • The Social Life of Things, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • The Dreamer is Still Asleep, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne, Australia
      • Back to Black: the landscape of unease in Aotearoa, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, New Zealand
      • Flora Botanica Aotearoa, Bowen House, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2013

      • Presence and Absence, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong, Australia
      • Seasoned: contemporary salt prints, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Joy Before the Object, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
      • Available Light: imagining more than we see, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Burqas, Veils & Hoodies: identity and representation, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Australia
      • Ghosting Machine, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, Australia
      • Redemptive Glimpses from the Future World, Musterzimmer, Berlin, Germany
    • 2012

      • Natural World, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, New Zealand
      • Garden of Earthly Delights, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia
      • Contemporary New Zealand Photography, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Cruel & Tender, Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Now & Then: enduring and developing themes in contemporary New Zealand photography, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand
      • It’s All Make Believe, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand
    • 2011

      • What’s in a Face? Aspects of portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
      • Collecting Contemporary, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Under the Willow, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
      • All Black, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand
      • Bad Angle, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia
      • Ore Struck: the use of gold in contemporary art and photography, Hocken Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Major photographs, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
    • 2010

      • Txt: the written word in New Zealand art, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand
      • Light-Sensitive: the use of alternative photographic technologies in contemporary New Zealand art, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 2009

      • Light: black and silver, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, New Zealand
      • Beloved: works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Darren Knight Gallery in Melbourne, Rickard St, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
      • Kind of Blue: new acquisitions and loans, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Surface Tension, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Fixated: photography through history, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, New Zealand
      • Recent: work by 10 New Zealand photographers, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand
      • Thrill Me Every Day: the Celia Dunlop collection, The New Dowse, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
    • 2008

      • Think Again, Rachmaninoff’s, London, UK
      • Wunderbox, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
      • Intersection of Collections, 21 Carrington Ave, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
      • Real Art Roadshow, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, New Zealand
      • New Victorians, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
      • Contemporary New Zealand Photography, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Close-up: contemporary contact prints, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland & Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
      • Sitting Room: a portrait show, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
    • 2007

      • Likeness and Character: portraits from the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Tools of Survival: contemporary photographers using 19th century processes, McNamara Gallery: Photography, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Tylee Cottage: 21 years, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • At Home: an exhibition of images of hands, 18 Morphett Street, Dickson, Canberra, Australia
      • Collecting Photographers, New Zealand Centre of Photography, Shed 11, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Pakeha Now!, The Suter, Nelson, New Zealand
      • Collect: new acquisitions, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
      • Moving Still, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Four by Ten, Hocken Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 2006

      • Break: Construct, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
      • Recent Acquisitions, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand
      • Tall Tales and History Lessons: contemporary New Zealand art from the 19th century, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Prologue: the Matthew Couper and Jo Russ collection, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Hei Tiki, Pataka, Porirua, New Zealand
    • 2005

      • Commodity & Delight: views of home, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Return of the Hand, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Wallace Art Awards, Wallace Arts Trust Gallery, Auckland; and CoCA, Christchurch, New Zealand
      • Verbatim, Lopdell House, Titirangi & National Library Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Flag Works, Pataka, Porirua, New Zealand
      • Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, Starkwhite, Auckland; Pataka, Porirua & Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
      • Photo-London, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
    • 2004

      • Fresh Brew, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, New Zealand
    • 2003

      • Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
      • Wallace Art Awards, Wallace Arts Trust Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Set Up, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2002

      • Victory Over Death, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
      • The Scale of Things, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, New Zealand
    • 2001

      • Old Gates New Journeys, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Grants and Awards

    • 2012

      • Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
    • 2011

      • The Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award, New Zealand
      • McCahon House Artists’ Residency, French Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Artist in residence, Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2007

      • Frances Hodgkins Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 2005

      • Artist in residence, Tylee Cottage, Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Selected Collections

      • Aratoi Art and History Museum, New Zealand
      • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
      • Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
      • Chartwell Collection, New Zealand
      • Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand
      • Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
      • Forrester Gallery, New Zealand
      • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
      • Hocken Collection, New Zealand
      • James Wallace Art Trust, New Zealand
      • Massey University, New Zealand
      • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
      • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand
      • National Gallery of Australia, Australia
      • Real Art Roadshow Trust, New Zealand
      • Sarjeant Gallery, New Zealand
      • Te Manawa, New Zealand
      • University of Wollongong, Australia
      • Wellington Civic Art Collection, New Zealand
      • Wollongong Art Gallery, Australia
  • Selected Bibliography

    • 2015

      • McCredie, Athol. New Zealand Photography Collected. Te Papa Press. October 2015 [book]
      • O’Brien, Gregory. See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious Auckland University Press. 2015 [book]
      • Osberg, Molly. “Ben Cauchi’s photographs turn everyday objects into occult metaphors.” Artsy 17 June 2015
    • 2014

      • Harder, Matthias. Passage. Künstlerhaus Bethanien. 2014 [book]
      • Tanguay, Antoine, Ed. “Ben Cauchi portfolio.” aparté issue 3, 2014
      • Wolifson, Chloé. “Ben Cauchi: One’s Own Grey.” Raven 14 April 2014
    • 2013

      • Cauchi, Ben; Batchen, Geoffrey; Lister, Aaron, and Barkley, Glenn. The Evening Hours Victoria University Press. 2013 [book]
      • Blanck, F. “Ben Cauchi: das Land zwischen den Spiegeln.” New Zealand in Germany 1 July 2013
      • Fischer, J. “Das Porträt: Ben Cauchi, Neuseeländischer Fotograf.” Kulturradio am Vormittag 5 July 2013
      • Fisher, Kevin. “Staging the medium in Ben Cauchi’s The Evening Hours.” Scope: Contemporary Research Topics, Art & Design 8: Visual Archeologies of Photography 2013
      • Ireland, Peter. “Present Tense.” EyeContact 5 January 2013
      • Ireland, Peter. “New Ben Cauchi works.” EyeContact 28 October 2013
      • Willemsen, P. “Absentia: the works of Ben Cauchi.” Be Magazine Issue No. 20, 2013
    • 2012

      • Campion, Darren. “Ben Cauchi.” The Incoherent Light 1 May 2012
      • Dunn, M. “The curious case of Ben Cauchi.” FishHead Magazine December 2012
      • Hurrell, John. “Photographers looks at cinema.” EyeContact 20 February 2012
      • Johnston, Courtney. “Nine To Noon.” Radio New Zealand 31 October 2012
      • Somerset, Guy. “Shades of grey.” NZ Listener 20 October 2012
      • Somerset, Guy. “Ben Cauchi interview: the photographer in conversation in Berlin.” Listener Plus 03 November 2012
      • Stowell, Laurel. “Cauchi wins year in Berlin.” Wanganui Chronicle 29 February 2012
    • 2011

      • Amery, M. “Just what the doctor ordered.” New Zealand Listener 9-15 July 2011
      • Carrick, C. “Ben Cauchi and the blur of the otherworldly.” Restoring the Risidual: alternative technologies in contemporary New Zealand photography [unpublished M.A. thesis : University of Otago] 2011
      • Dignan, James. “Art seen.” Otago Daily Times 7 April 2011
      • Gambotto-Burke, Antonella. “Remembrance of things past.” Men’s Style Australia May-June 2011
      • Harvey, Ruth in Wanhalla, Angela & Wolf, Erika, Eds. “Early New Zealand Photography: Images & Essays.” Otago University Press 2011
      • Were, Virginia. “Feedback loops and circuit bending.” Art News New Zealand Autumn 2011
    • 2010

      • Bell, H. “Halcyon days? Photography and the nostalgic revisions of Ben Cauchi.” Shigeyuki Kihara and Peter Madden [unpublished M.A. thesis : University of Auckland] 2010
      • Brownson, R. “Ben Cauchi.” Outpost 3 November 2010
      • Dignan, James. “Art seen.” Otago Daily Times 27 May 2010
      • Ed. “Ben Cauchi: The Doppler Effect.” Arts on Sunday 12 December 2010
      • Gibson, Prue. The Rapture of Death Boccalatte. 2010 [book]
      • O’Brien, G. “Preview.” Artist Profile Issue No. 13, 2010
      • Pia, L. “Gifts from the Ergas Collection: rediscovering the history and power of photography.” Look April 2010
    • 2009

      • The Dark Chamber Dunedin: Brett McDowell Gallery 2009 [book]
      • Dignan, James. “Art seen.” Otago Daily Times 5 November 2009
      • Ed. “Eerie works on display.” Otago Daily Times 29 October 2009
      • Kemp, Jemima. “New Victorians: celebrations of the grotesque; the new sublime in Australian contemporary practice.” Eyeline Issue No. 68, 2009
      • Kreisler, Aaron. in Notman, R. & Cullen, L, Eds. “Beloved: works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.” (Dunedin: Dunedin Public Art Gallery), 2009
      • McCullock, A. “New work.” Art World Issue No. 7, February-March 2009
      • “The Gravy.” Series 4, Episode 10, 2009
      • “Thrill Me Every Day: the Celia Dunlop collection.” Celia Dunlop Trust 2009
      • Trevelyan, Peter. in Campbell, F., Ed. “Real Art Roadshow: the book” Real Art Charitable Trust
      • Vickers, Rose. “Interview: Ben Cauchi.” Das Superpaper Issue No. 5, April 2009
    • 2008

      • Lull, Donson, Greg. Whanganui: Sarjeant Gallery, 2008 [book]
      • Benson, Nigel “Fellow’s work makes the most of ‘Dead Time’.” Otago Daily Times 6 March 2008
      • Campbell, J. “Beauty, quirkiness and whimsy.” Otago Daily Times 13 March 2008
      • Campbell, J. “New territory provides larger canvases for artist’s work.” Otago Daily Times 24 July 2008
      • “Close-up: contemporary contact prints.” 2008 [exhibition catalogue]
      • Ed. “Ben Cauchi: Dead Time.” ARTCore 7 August 2008
      • Hall, Ken. “Ben Cauchi: Dead Time.” Bulletin of the Christchurch Art Gallery Issue No.153, Winter 2008
      • Hannan, R. “Dead time.” Critic 7 April 2008
      • Hannan, R. “Borderland.” Critic 11 August 2008
      • Hanton, J. “Drama of spaces.” The Press 9 July 2008
      • Mudie, Ella. “New Victorians.” Runway Issue 13
      • Tegart, Louise. “New Victorians.” 2008 [exhibition catalogue]
      • Were, Virginia. “Conjuring tricks.” Art News New Zealand Autumn 2008
      • Wolf, Erika. “The presence of absence.” Photofile Issue No. 83, Winter 2008
      • Dead Time, Poland, Natalie. Dunedin: Hocken Gallery 2008 [book]
    • 2007

      • Benson, Nigel. “Photographer to cast city in old light.” Otago Daily Times 8 March 2007
      • Campbell, J. “Cauchi trades tricks and illusions for subtlety.” Otago Daily Times 25 October 2007
      • Dignan, James. “Art seen.” Otago Daily Times 15 March 2007
      • Ed. “Otago Fellowship Series: Frances Hodgkins fellow for fine art.” Critic 1 March 2007
      • Ed. “University welcomes this year’s creative arts fellows.” Otago Daily Times 3 March 2007
      • Entwistle, Peter. “More to art than technology.” Otago Daily Times 19 March 2007
      • “Moving still.” 2007 [exhibition catalogue]
      • Poland, Natalie. “Postcards: Dunedin.” Art News New Zealand Spring 2007
      • White, A. “Pakeha Now!” 2005 [exhibition catalogue]
    • 2006

      • “Last Days.” McNamara Gallery 2006 [book]
      • Bryan, M. “Past turned into an artform.” Wanganui Chronicle 19 July 2006
      • Devenport, R. “Break Construct.” [exhibition catalogue]
      • Eggleton, David. “Into the Light: a history of New Zealand photography.” Craig Potton 2006
      • Harvey, Ruth. “Fact or fiction? The photographic art of Bill Culbert & Ben Cauchi.” Art New Zealand Issue No. 115, Winter 2006
      • Ireland, P.; Strongman, Lara., Ed. “Contemporary New Zealand Photographers.” Mountainview Press, 2006
      • Mitchell, K. “Exhibitions: Dunedin.” Art New Zealand Issue No. 115, Winter 2006
      • Paton, J. “Recent acquisitions: three photographs by Ben Cauchi.” 2006
    • 2005

      • Lister, Aaron. Smoke & Mirrors Aratoi. 2005 [book]
      • Cauchi, Ben. In A Smoke-Filled Room McNamara Gallery. 2005 [book]
      • Dibble, Fran. “A private theatre.” The Manawatu Standard 14 October 2005
      • Dingwall, Richard. “Transported by the senses.” Otago Daily Times 31 March 2005
      • Simpson, P. “Verbatim: in so many words.” Verbatim 2005 [exhibition catalogue]
    • 2004

      • Amery, Mark. “Done with smoke and mirrors.” The Dominion Post 29 October 2004
      • Langman, D. New Zealand Journal of Photography No. 56, Summer 2004-2005
    • 2003

      • Hart, Deborah. “Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection.” [exhibition catalogue]
      • Lister, Aarpon. “Exhibitions: Wellington.” Art New Zealand Issue No. 107, Winter 2003
      • Paton, J. Ed. Landfall Issue No. 206, Spring 2003