Selected Works

Ben Rivers, Urth, Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA, 2016
Ben Rivers, Urth,, 2016, 19 mins
Ben Rivers, Urth, Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA, 2016
Ben Rivers, Urth, Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA, 2016
Ben Rivers Islands, Kunstverein Hamburg, 2016
Ben Rivers Islands, Kunstverein Hamburg, 2016
Ben Rivers, The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, The Whitworth, Manchester, 2016 (installation view) Photography credit Michael Pollard
Ben Rivers, The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, The Whitworth, Manchester, 2016 (installation view) Photography credit Michael Pollard
Ben Rivers, installation view, Earth Needs More Magicians, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view, Earth Needs More Magicians, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view of the exhibition Earth Needs More Magicians at the Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view, Earth Needs More Magicians, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view, Earth Needs More Magicians, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view, Edgelands, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view, Edgelands, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view, Edgelands, Camden Arts Centre, 2015. Photo ©Valerie Bennett
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, installation view of The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, Television Centre, London, 2015
Ben Rivers, Things, 2014, 16mm film, 21 mins. Installation view, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, 2014
Ben Rivers, Things, 2014, 16mm film, 21 mins (film still)
Ben Rivers, Phantoms of a Libertine, 2012, photography series, 12.5 x 8.5 cm
Ben Rivers, Ah, Liberty!, 2008, 16mm anamorphic film, B&W, sound, 20 mins
Ben Rivers, Ah Liberty!, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2013
Ben Rivers, Two Years at Sea, 2011, film still
Ben Rivers, Slow Action, 2010, 16mm anamorphic / digital, B&W and colour, sound, 45 mins
Ben Rivers, Slow Action, 2010, 16mm anamorphic / digital, B&W and colour, sound, 45 mins
Ben Rivers, A World Rattled of Habit, 2008, 16mm film, B&W and colour, sound, 10 mins
Ben Rivers, Two Years at Sea, 2011, film still
Ben Rivers, Two Years at Sea, 2011, hand-printed silver gelatine print
Ben Rivers, This is My Land, 2006, 16mm film, B&W, sound, 14 mins
Ben Rivers, Two Years at Sea, 2011, film
Ben Rivers, Sack Barrow, 2011, 16mm film / colour with audio, 21 mins
Ben Rivers, Sack Barrow, 2011, 16mm film / colour with audio

Video

Press

Born 1972 in Somerset, lives and works in London
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Urth, Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA
Islands, Kunstverein in Hamburg
The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, The Whitworth, Manchester
2015 Solo Exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London
The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel Open Commission 2013, Television Centre, White City, London
2014 Things, Kate MacGarry, London
Fable, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
2013 Ah Liberty!, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
2012 Phantoms of a Libertine, Kate MacGarry
Ben Rivers, Hepworth Wakefield
2011 Sack Barrow, Changing Room Gallery, Stirling
Sack Barrow, Hayward Gallery project Space
Sack Barrow, Kate MacGarry at Art Basel, Art Statements
Slow Action, Matt’s Gallery, London
2010 Slow Action, Picture This, Bristol
On Overgrown Paths, Impressions Gallery, Bradford
Origin of the Species, Kate MacGarry, London
2009 A World Rattled of Habit, A Foundation, Liverpool
Origin of the Species & Slow Action, Picture This, Bristol
2008 On Overgrown Paths, Permanent Gallery/Regency Town House, Brighton
2006 House, St Simon & St Jude Gallery, Norwich
SELECTED COMMISSIONS
2013 Artangel Open Commission
2010-11 Sack Barrow, Changing Room, Stirling
2009-10 Slow Action, Picture This
2009 I Know Where I’m Going, Vauxhall Collective Commission
2007 Ah, Liberty! and Origin of the Species, London Artists’ Film and Video Award
2006 Sørdal, Arts Council England, South East
2006 The Coming Race, Surface Gallery Commission
2005 House, Arts Council England, South East
SELECTED SOLO SCREENINGS
Slow Action, screening and talk at Contemporary Art Society, London
A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, The Imprint of Sound Film Festival, Taiwan
A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, Lithuanian Cultural Centre, New York
Phantoms of a Libertine,International Film Festival Rotterdam
The Creation as we saw it, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou
Two Years at Sea, 55th London Film Festival
Two Years at Sea, 68th Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti section
Ben Rivers, IndieLisboa
The Coming Race in Subjective Projections, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
The House and The Woods, Punto de Vista, Pamplona
Ben Rivers at the Edge of the World – London Film Festival
Artist-in-focus, Courtisane, Vooruit, Ghent
Tribute, VIS, Vienna
A World Rattled of Habit, LA Film Forum
This Is My Land, Yerba Buena Centre of for the Arts, San Francisco
The Poetic Horror of Ben Rivers, Other Cinema, San Francisco
On the Nature of Affinities, Union Theatre, Milwaukee
A World Rattled of Habit, Conversations at the Edge, Gene Siskel Centre, Chicago
Omaggio a Ben Rivers, Pesaro International Film festival, Italy
Ben Rivers Films, Inverness Film Festival
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS & PROJECTS
2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
Bienal de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2017 Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Truth: 24 frames per second, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA
2016 What Means Something‬, Film Society of Lincoln Center
2015 Quaypurlake, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, UK
2014-16 Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Centre Fellow / David and Roberta Logie Fellow
2013 Insomnia, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
Someone Else, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
NEW WORLDS: BEN RIVERS/ BEN RUSSELL, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve
2012 LOST SPACES.Sites of photography, Hamburger Kunsthalle
2011 Spectrum of Light, Temporary Gallery Cologne
2009 Practical Truths, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Serpentine Screening Series (with Javier Tellez), Gate Cinema, London
Out Of This World, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
An Entangled Bank, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
Artprojx/FLAMIN Matinee, Prince Charles Cinema, London
For Robert Frank, National gallery of Art, Washington
Figuring Landscape, ArtSway, New Forest; Tate Modern, London, 2009 – then touring to: Dundee Contemporary Arts; FACT, Liverpool; Vivid, Birmingham; Showroom, Sheffield; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Site Festival, Stroud Valley Artspace; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Media-Space, Stuttgart.
2008 SYNDICATE, Rokeby, London
Wild Shapes, Cell Projects, London
Claremorris Open, Claremorris, Ireland
If – People and Places in recent film and video, Bloomberg Space, London
Art With Strangers, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
We Can Not Exist In This World Alone (with Ben Russell), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; SOFA gallery, Christchurch; Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney; OtherFilm, Brisbane
Tank TV presents, Artprojx, London
Soundtracks, Nought To Sixty, ICA, London
2007 Kyoto Media Art Week, Kyoto Art Centre, Japan
Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva
Mayflies, Site Gallery, Sheffield, and Cornerhouse, Manchester
Tank TV – Fresh Moves: New Moving Images from the UK (DVD)
European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck
Prizewinners Show (with Tomas Chaffe), Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2006 A Ses Parents, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
A Certain Tendency in Representation, Cineclub, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Open Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
New Work UK, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
2005 Without Boundaries – European Artists Film and Video, Watershed, Bristol
Ways of Worldmaking (with Jeremy Butler), Permanent Gallery, Brighton
EDUCATION
1990-93 BA Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art
1996-06 Director/Programmer, Brighton Cinematheque
SELECTED AWARDS
2016 EYE Art and Film Prize
2015 Best Short Documentary:DOKUFEST 14th International Documentary & Short Film Festival
2012 Ann Arbor  Film Festival Jury Prize
2011 Fipresci Award, Best Film, Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week, 68th Venice Film Festival
Baloise Art Prize, Art/42/Basel
2010 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists
Shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award
2008 Tiger Award Best Short Film – International Film Festival Rotterdam
Best Experimental Film – Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival
Best ExiS Award, ExiS, Seoul
The Badass Spirit of Blackhawk Award, ICE, Iowa
Jury Main Prize – $100 Film Festival, Calgary
2007 London Artist Film and Video Award (LAFVA)
Jury Prize – Hamburg Short Film Festival
2006 Main Prize – Surface Gallery Open
SELECTED PRESS
2015 Ben Rivers: The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Timeout, p.92, July 7
2014 Ben Rivers’s “Things”, Melissa Gronlund, Art Agenda, Oct 3
Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, 1000 words, introduction by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith, ArtForum
2013 Ben Rivers, Coleen Fitzgibbon, BOMB, issue 125, pp. 54-63
2012 A Man Apart, Ben Rivers talks to Andrea Picard, Sight and Sound, Ma
2011 More than a Feeling, Dan Kidner in conversation with Ed Atkins, Melanie Gilligan, Anja Kirschner and Ben Rivers, frieze, issue 142, Octobe, pp.210-5
Somerset or, A Glance at the Deep Future of the Avant-Garde, Mark von Schlegell, frieze, issue 141, September, pp. 140-5
Part of The Process – Into the Wild, Ed Halter, Mousse Magazine issue 28, April – May, pp.
Ben Rivers – Slow Action, Helen Sumpter, Time Out London, 28 February
2010 Listen to Britain: On the Outskirts with Ben Rivers, Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope, Issue 43
Enduring portrait of the wilderness years, Laura McLean-Ferris, The Independent (Viewspaper), 23 April, p.16
Ben Rivers, Steven Cairns, Artforum.com, 8 April
Slow Action, Ben Rivers, Map Magazine, Spring
Ben Rivers Interview, Daniel Bennet, littlewhitelies.co.uk, April
In The Studio – Ben Rivers, Helen Sumpter, Time Out London, 25-31 March, p.40
Ben Rivers, Skye Sherwin, The Guardian Guide, 20-26 March, p.39
Ben Rivers, Jonathan Griffin, Frieze, January-February, pp.125-6
Ben Rivers, David Trigg, Art Monthly, February, pp. 20-1
PUBLICATIONS
2013 Ah, Liberty!, Published by The Douglas Hyde Gallery, catalogue coordination by Michael Hill
In the Holocene, edited by Joao Ribas

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