New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany
Photographer Ben Cauchi is the Creative New Zealand visual artist-in-residence in Berlin 2012/13
Auckland-born photographer Ben Cauchi has been awarded the 2012 Creative New Zealand 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: “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.”
Currently based in Whanganui, Ben Cauchi has just completed an artist-in-residence at the McCahon House studio in Auckland. He developed a keen interest in history at an early age, coming to photography in his mid 20's, inspired by the work of its pioneers. Since completing his studies at Massey University, Wellington in 2000, Ben has become highly recognised both for the ‘wet-plate' processes, which he has used almost exclusively since 2002, and the intriguing photographs he creates. For images of Ben’s work please see his website.