Ben Cauchi receives Creative NZ Berlin Visual Artists Residency — 20.02.12

Photographer Ben Cauchi (New Generation Award recipient) has been awarded the 2012 Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.

Ben Cauchi has been awarded the 2012 Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.

The biennial 12-month residency is an opportunity for New Zealand visual artists to work on an approved project, gain professional development, build international networks and help raise awareness of New Zealand visual arts.

Ben's work employs the 19th century photographic process which creates one-off positives on glass or metal. While resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Ben will work on a project entitled One's own Grey which will expand on his photographic practice as well as furthering his recent exploration of pre-cinematic technologies.

In particular he will explore specific sites in Berlin and Germany and investigate how the history and memories associated with these places affect peoples' perceptions.

"I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to immerse myself in such a melting pot of diverse cultures and arts as well as having access to Berlin's great art collections and being within striking distance of other major collections elsewhere in Europe."

"The rich and colourful history of Berlin is something I'm particularly interested in working with. Being offered a space at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, which is such a hub for other artists, curators and writers from across Europe, is something I'm very grateful for."

Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright said the residency was a great chance for visual artists to dedicate twelve months to the development of their chosen project. "Ben will also be at the centre of a creative hub in a year when New Zealand will have a high profile presence in Frankfurt which will provide a back drop of opportunities for Ben to not only develop his career opportunities but also represent New Zealand visual arts practice. " he said.

Christoph Tannert, director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, said the jury was impressed by Ben's exciting combination of classical photography within a contemporary concept. "Especially interesting is Ben's approach to light within the photographs as well as the examination of the psychological elements of his work."

Source:  Creative New Zealand

Image by Ken Baker