Ben Rivers was born in Somerset, UK in 1972. He lives and works in London. His films are typically intimate portrayals of solitary beings or isolated communities; his practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Rivers uses these themes as a starting point from which to imagine alternative narratives and existences in marginal worlds.
Recent exhibitions include the EYE Art & Film Prize with Hito Steyerl and Wang Bing, Amsterdam, (2018); Urth, Renaissance Society, Chicago, (2016); Islands, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (2016); Edgelands, Camden Arts Centre, London, (2015); Fable, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, (2014). In 2013 he was awarded the Artangel Open Commission, the product of which, The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, was presented at the derelict BBC Television Centre in 2015 and at The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester in 2016. Ben Rivers' first feature-length film, Two Years at Sea, was presented in September 2011 at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize.
Goshka Macuga & Ben Rivers: Hollow Earth at Nottingham Contemporary, UK24 September 2022 – 22 January 2023 9 November 2022Hollow Earth: Art, Caves and The Subterranean Imaginary is a major thematic exhibition which brings together a wide range of responses to the image and...
Ben Rivers: Somewhere from here to heaven at Azkuna Zentroa, Alhóndiga, Bilbao28 October 2022 - 26 February 2023 28 October 2022Ben Rivers' new film The Minatour, 2022 is included in Somewhere from here to heaven, curated by Garbiñe Ortega. The exhibition includes four film-makers from...