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Ben Rivers

Somerset, United Kingdom

Now work in

London, United Kingdom

Ben Rivers is an award winning artist and filmmaker represented by Kate MacGarry Gallery in London. Rivers won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature film Two Years At Sea; the inaugural Robert Gardner Film Award, 2013; Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 42, for Sack Barrow; Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2010. 

Recent solo shows include Earth Needs More Magicians, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2015; The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Artangel, London and Whitworth Museum, Manchester, 2016; Fable, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, 2014. His work has exhibited in numerous museums, galleries and festivals worldwide. His latest feature film, The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, premiered in the main competition at Locarno International Film Festival. Between 1995 and 2005 he co-programmed Brighton Cinematheque. He is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.

In 2016, Ben Rivers's work was exhibited in the exhibition The Distant Unknown-- Contemporary Art from Britain at OCAT Shanghai. 

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The Distant Unknown – Contemporary Art from Britain

2016.06.05 - 08.28 closed

The curator Jiang Jiehong invites five British artists to initiate a dialogue that explores the notion and our understandings of ‘distance’ through video, photography, sculpture, sound and installations.

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