Benjamin Beker
 


Benjamin Beker was born in 1976 in Bonn, Germany and grew up in Hong Kong, China and Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He studied Photography at the BK Art Academy in Belgrade and graduated in 2001. Beker moved to London in 2005 and a year later started a MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2008.

He received the National Magazine Award in 2007 and for his final exhibition piece War & Liberation Monument Installation, receiving the Painters and Stainers Award, RCA Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize and was short-listed for the Conran Award.

He now lives and works in London and has been exhibiting in various group shows, such as "Feel the Force" at the CGP Gallery, "Farmers Market", at the Handel Street Project Gallery and "Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed" at the Photographers Gallery in London.
After winning the ArtSway Open 08. Beker was given a solo exhibition at ArtSway Gallery, New Forest, Hampshire in September 2009.

Beker had a solo exhibition in the Flowers Gallery in April 2010 and has been selected for reGeneration2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today by the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne in which he was shortlisted for the Lacoste Elysee Prise 2010. The group exhibition is travelling in cities on 5 continents for which an accompanying publication has been published by Thames and Hudson.

 
     
Education    
     
2006 - 2008   MA Fine Art Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1996 - 2000   BA Photography, Akademija Umetnosti BK, Belgrade, Serbia
     
Selected Exhibitions    
     
2011   At The Edge of Logic, Group Exhibition, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal
2011   April is the cruellest month, breeding, Group Exhibition, LIDO Gallery, Hastings, UK
2011   Nova fotografija 2,Group Exhibition, NOVA gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2010   reGeneration 2, Tomorrows Photographers Today:
     
    Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, Fez, Morocco
    Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival, Beijing, China
    Gallerie Azzedine Alaia, Paris, France
    Aperture Foundation, New York, USA
    Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami, USA
    Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
    Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
    Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town,
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Recontres de Arles, Arles, France
    Musee l’Elysee Lausanne, Switzerland
     
2010   Blocks, Solo Exhibition, Flowers East Gallery, London, UK
2009   Monuments, Solo Exhibition, ArtSway, New Forest, Hampshire, UK
2009   Obsession, Terminal 00, Group Exhibition, Ada Street Gallery, London, UK
2009   Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 09, Group Exhibition, Photographers Gallery, London, UK
2009   Feel the Force, Group Exhibition (Curated by Clare Goodwin and Liz Murray),
    Café Gallery Projects, London, UK
2009   ARSEP Exhibition – Auction, Christies, Paris, France
2008   Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward 2008, Group Exhibition:
     
    Griffin Photography Museum, Boston, MA, USA
    Galerie Art Mur, Montréal, QC, Canada
    Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York City, NY, USA
    Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, ON, Canada
     
2008   ArtSway Open 08. Group Show, New Forest, Hampshire, UK
2008   Farmers Market, Group Exhibition (Curated by Fedja Klikovac),
    Handel Street Project Gallery, London, UK
2008   Summer Show, Group Show, Hoopers Gallery, London, UK
2008   Show RCA, Group Exhibition, (Curated by Nigel Rolfe), Royal College of
    Art, London, UK
2008   Interim Show 2008, Royal College of Art, London UK
2007   Failure/Success, Group Exhibition (Curated by Nigel Rolfe), Teatr
    Laznia Nowa, Photomonth Krakow, Krakow, Poland
     
2007   Interim Show 2007, Royal College of Art, London UK
2006   Postcards, Solo Exhibition, Artget Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
     
Awards    
     
2010   Shortlisted for Lacoste Elysee Prize 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland
2009   Winner of ArtSway Open. 08. New Forest, Hampshire, UK
2008   Winner of The Worshipful Company Painters and Stainers Prize 2008, London, UK
2008   Winner of RCA Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize, London, UK
2008   Shortlisted for Conrad Foundation Award 2008, London, UK
2008   Shortlisted for Hoopers Gallery Award 2008, London, UK
2008   Winner of Magenta Foundation's Emerging Photographers Competition
    Flash Forward 2008, Canada
2007   First prize of National Magazine Award 2007, London, UK.
2007   Leica Prix 2007, Laureate, FH Bielefeld, Germany
     
Publications    
     
2010   Elysee Prize 2010 supplement, Artreview December 2010 Issue, London, UK
2010   reGeneration 2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Thames & Hudson, London, UK
2010   Benjamin Beker, Monuments, Exhibition catalogue, published by ArtSway,
    Hampshire, UK
2008   Specialten magazine, Issue 22, 2008, London, UK
2008   'Photography 2008', published by the Royal College of Art, London, UK
2007   Flash Forward, Emerging Photographers 2007, Magenta Publishing for the Arts,
    Toronto,Canada
2007   Incorrect, PRIX LEICA 2007, Bielefeld Leipzig, Kerber Verlag, Germany
     
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