Bio

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

2017

Dark Room, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Ruminations in the Cloisters: Talking About Photography, Old Bank Space, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Personal Messages, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2015

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

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

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