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Spanning music video, fashion photography and art projects, Natasha Cantwell’s work is recognisable for candy-coloured hues and a slightly odd sensibility. Her analogue photographs and 16mm experimental films openly embrace awkwardness while drawing from the absurdity of human behaviour. Working between New Zealand and Australia, she is currently based in Melbourne.

Latest interviews: 

subterraneanfilms.org

agnesfilms.com

Email: contact (at) natashacantwell.com

Festivals: Official Selection

2020  Od Arts Festival, West Coker, England

2019  Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland

          Penthimeron of Greek & International Cinema, Athens, Greece

          Trashxploitation Film Festival at AKC Medika, Zagreb, Croatia

          Timeline BH Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

          Trashxploitation Film Festival at Zona 22, San Vito Chietino, Italy

          This Is Not A Robot Film Festival, Athens, Greece

          Façade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

          Llawn Festival, Llandudno, Wales

          Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada

          Montréal Underground Film Festival, Montréal, Canada 

          KURZstummfilmfestival, Essen, Germany

          Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey, Camagüey, Cuba

          Hazel Eye Film Festival, Nashville, TN, USA

          Diametrale: Experimental Film Festival, Innsbruck, Austria

          Medusa Underground Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV, USA

2018  Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

          Yoni Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA

          Marseille Underground Film and Music Festival, Marseille, France

          Trashxploitation Festival, Paris, France 

          Façade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

          Portobello Film Festival, London, England

          Video Art Miden, Kalamata, Greece

          P'Silo Videotheque, Marseille, France

          Xsection Film Festival, Watertown, MA, USA

          1st Lefktron Castle Beaufort Festival, Stoupa, Greece

          Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada

          European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany

          Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, USA
2017  Yoni Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA

          Shared Sight: International Short Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

          Bideodromo, Bilbao, Spain

          Façade Video Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

          FECIBogotá: Feria Internacional de Cine Independiente, Bogotá, Colombia
          Ecstatic Cinematic at Vivid Sydney, Sydney, Australia
          Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
          Meconio: Muestra de Nuevos Cineastas, Madrid, Spain
          European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
          Brussels Short Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium
          Diametrale: Experimental Film Festival, Innsbruck, Austria
          Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, USA
          Third Culture Festival, Hong Kong
          aDifferent festival, Milwaukee, WI, USA
          Courts Mais Trash, Brussels, Belgium
2016  Edinburgh Artists' Moving Image Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
          Bideodromo, Bilbao, Spain
          Re:Cinema at Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney, Australia
          Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
          Festival Anapoda, Rhodes, Greece
          Experimental Superstars, Novi Sad, Serbia
          FECIBogotá: Feria Internacional de Cine Independiente, Bogotá, Colombia
          Proceso de Error: Festival Internacional de Video Experimental, Valparaiso, Chile
          Wellington Underground Film Festival, Wellington, New Zealand
          European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
          Freshflix Film Festival, Sydney, Australia
          Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, USA
          Brisbane Underground Film Festival, Brisbane, Australia
2015  Experimental Superstars, Novi Sad, Serbia
          Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania
          Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
          Wellington Underground Film Festival, Wellington, New Zealand
2014  Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece
          Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
          Wellington Underground Film Festival, Wellington, New Zealand


Selected Exhibitions

 

2019  'Friends and Family' at Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

          'Neuilly Pleasure' at The Pink Flamingo, Paris, France

          'Trashxploitation Screening' at Glory Hole 003, Paris, France

          'Radical Heritage' at various locations, Udaipur and Jodhpur, India

2018  'Auto-Catastrophie' at Aparamillon, Athens, Greece

          'Keep The Fire Burning' at Hillvale Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

          'ViDEOSKiN' at The Edge Art Gallery, Whitehorse, Canada

          'HISS Magazine Issue 3 Launch Screening' at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, USA

          'Reset' at Lapsus, Timisoara, Romania

          'The Experimental Video Show' at Exchange Gallery, Bloomsburg, PA, USA

          'Fuck Narration' at Chimeres.Space, Athens, Greece

          'Moss Index' at Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, CA, USA
2017  'Contemporary Art Ruhr' at Zollverein, Essen, Germany

          'Fuse' at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden
          'The Slow Canoe Live Journal, Summer 2017' at Sundry Studios, Melbourne, Australia
2016  'Hotel Europa' at Concordia, Enschede, Netherlands
2015  'Show What You Want Show' at Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
          'Polaroid Resurrection' at 90 Degrees, Kuantan, Malaysia and Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
          'Lie of the Land' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2014  'Natasha Cantwell and Philippa Emery' at Paper/Cupboard Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

          'Saloon Des Ferari 2014' at Fuzzy Vibes Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Paper, Paint and Polystyrene' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Inches to Metres' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2013  'MVAS: Index A' at Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne, Australia
          'Underground' at New Zealand Fashion Week, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Big 7' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Flora and Fauna' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2012  'Gang Bang' at Method and Manners Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          '7 from 7' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 
          '120' at Number 4 Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Natural History' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2011  'Blink' at Long White Cloud Gallery, London, England
          'Menagerie' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Wallace Art Awards Finalist Travelling Exhibition' at the Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland and The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
          'Out of Order' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Size Up' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2010  'Ruffle Your Feathers' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Kristen Perrett, Natasha Cantwell, Mark Rayner' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Twentyten' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2009  'The Living Dead' at Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne, Australia

          'Natasha Cantwell, Paddy O'Rourke, Kristin Perrett' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Jungle Out There' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2008  'Sopstationen' at A Center For Art, Auckland, New Zealand         

          'Natasha Cantwell and Carolin Casey' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand    
          'Pretty in Print' at the MTV Gallery, Sydney and Curtin House, Melbourne, Australia
          'Contemporary Photography' at Webbs Auction House, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Snap Happy' at Cross Street Studios, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Capsule' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2007  'Picnics and Revolutions' at Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland, New Zealand                  
          'Self / Conscious' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Big Heads' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'One' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
          'Identity' at Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne, Australia
          'Pod' at Seed Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


Artist Residencies

2016  Paradise Air, Matsudo, Japan


Selected Articles and Reviews

2018  agnès films, 'Interview with Natasha Cantwell, Director of Genevieve and Spinneret' by Rebecca Raymer

          Subterranean Films, 'Natasha Cantwell' article by Rosie Rowe

          agnès films, 'Natasha Cantwell’s Spinneret' review by Rebecca Raymer

          agnès films, 'Natasha Cantwell’s Genevieve' review by Rebecca Raymer
2017  PHOTODUST, 'Natasha Cantwell: Cove' feature, edited by Bella Li
2015  The Planthunter, 'The Awkward Gardener by Natasha Cantwell' article by Georgina Reid
2012  Aortica Magazine, 'Natasha Cantwell' article by Mone and Piero Borsellino
          Frankie Magazine, 'Man's Best Friend' article by Holly McCauley
2008  No Magazine, 'Natasha Cantwell' article by Brooke Petersen
          Art New Zealand, 'Rotten Teeth and Halloween Candy' review by Edward Hanfling
2007  New Zealand Listener, 'Self / Conscious' review by David Levinson


Artist Lectures

2014  Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
2012  Guest Lecturer, Department of Design and Visual Arts, Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand
2010  Presented at Semi Permanent Design Conference, Sydney, Australia, as senior photographer for Frankie Magazine


Awards

2016  Finalist in the Experimento Bio Photographic Art Competition, Spain
2011  Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, New Zealand


Arts Management

 

2018  Curator for the Victorian Archives Centre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017  Program Producer for Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2016  Founder and Festival Director of the Auckland Underground Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand


Education

2010  Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Design (Visual Art), Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand


Magazine Editorial and Art Photography

Elle Magazine UK, Ladygunn Magazine, Dumbo Feather Magazine, Frankie Magazine, Spaces, Smith Journal, No Magazine, Pavement Magazine, Staple Magazine, Pitch Zine, Platform Platvorm Magazine, Lunch Lady Magazine, Rûm Magazine, Incandescent Zine and HISS Mag.