Oliver Chanarin

Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) is  living and working between London and Berlin. He is a professor of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg and teach on the MA Photography & Society programme at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague which they co-designed. Together  with Adam Broomberg they have had numerous solo exhibitions most recently at The Centre Georges Pompidou (2018) and the Hasselblad Center (2017). Their participation in international group shows include the Yokohama Trienniale (2017), Documenta, Kassel (2017), The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017), Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014), and the Gwanju Biennale (2012). Their work is held in major public and private collections including Pompidou, Tate, MoMA, Yale, Stedelijk, V&A, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art. Major awards include the ICP Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013) for War Primer 2. Broomberg and Chanarin are the winners of the Arles Photo Text Award 2018 for their paper back edition of War Primer 2, published by MACK.




15. March - 19. May, 2019
EYE FIlmmuseum
A Tale of Hidden Stories

11. April - 8. May, 2019
A4 Foundation

9. April - 24. April, 2019
Onassis Cultural Centre
For Ever Images?

8. December - 3. March, 2019
C/O Berlin
The Last Image




31. January - 3. February, 2019
Synthesis Gallery
Woe from Wit

18 September - 19. January 2019
Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale 2018
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography


28. September - 28. November, 2018
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum
Third Beijing Photo Biennial

15. September - 24. November 2018
Maraya Art Centre
Between the Visible and the Invisible

12. September, 2018
Círculo de Bellas Artes
Bureaucracy of Angels & Rudiments

13. September - 10. November, 2018
Nogueras Blanchard
Bandage the knife not the wound

24. September - 30. September, 2018
Kettles Yard

20. February - 21. May, 2018
Centre Georges Pompidou.
Divine Violence

25. April - 26. May, 2018
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
Bandage the knife not the wound.

2. June - 14. July, 2018
Goodman Gallery
Narrative Means

15. December - 16. February, 2018
Not for Publication and Sale in Iran
Ag Galerie, Tehran.

Art On The Underground commission
Kings Cross St. Pancras Station.


Trace Evidence
Lisson Gallery, Milan

Gestures Of Resistance
Romantso Cultural Centre, Athens

Don't Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones
Hasselblad Center, Göteborg


Don't Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones
C/O Berlin

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

Art on the Underground
Stratford, London


Lisson Gallery, London

Every piece of dust on Freud's couch
The Freud Museum, London

Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Broomberg & Chanarin
Fig-2, ICA Studio, London

To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light
FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Divine Violence
Goodman Gallery, Capetown


Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico

Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

Divine Violence
MOSTYN, Llandudno, North Wales

TJ Boulting, London, UK


To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg


To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light
Paradise Row, London

Portable Monuments
Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

Poor Monuments
Paradise Row, Dusseldorf


Poor Monuments
Paradise Row, Dusseldorf

Broomberg & Chanarin Present: Dora Fobert
Paradise Row, London

Broomberg & Chanarin
The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground
Paradise Row, London.

Broomberg & Chanarin
Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne.


Prestige of Terror
Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.

Galeria Spafiska, Krakow, Poland.


Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris

The Red House
Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Red House
BrancoliniGrimaldi, Rome, Italy.


Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK.

The Day Nobody Died
Paradise Row, London, UK.

FotoFreo, Freemantle, Australia.


Block 180
BrancoliniGrimaldi, Rome, Italy.

Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland.

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK.


Facts, Fictions and Stories
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Q Arts, Derby Photography Festival, UK


Defying Distance
National Portrait Gallery,London, UK.


Mr. Mkhize's Portrait
The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK.


Trusting The Truth
The Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.


The Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden.




22. September - 4. November, 2018
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)
4th Istanbul Design Biennial

6. September - 31. October, 2018
Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography

30. September - 18. October, 2018
Thessaloniki Photo Biennial
You Refuse to Understand, You Don’t Say Anything, Watching Me Die

4. October - 7. October, 2018
Protein Studios
Breaking Barriers

21. September - 23. September, 2018
When Records Melt

8. June - 23. September, 2018
Hamburger Kunsthalle
[Control] No Control. Triennial of Photography Hamburg.

6. July - 15. September, 2018
The Mosaic Rooms
What do you mean, here we are?

24. January - 08. April, 2018
Ryerson Image Centre
Collaboration. A Potential History of Photography.

15. October - 4. March, 2018
Bending The Frame
Preus Museum, Oslo

19. August - 25. February 2018
Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden

26. October - 28. January, 2018
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Brecht and Benjamin: Thinking in extremes.

26. August - 26. January, 2018
Forever Never Comes
Museo Archeologica e de'Arte Della Maremma, Grosseto..

19. September - 14. January, 2018
The Image Of War
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm

03. November - 08. January, 2018
Haus der Kulturen der Welt 
Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War.


21. July - 31. December, 2017
Before the Event/After the Fact: Contemporary Perspectives on War
Yale University Art Centre, USA

04. August - 05. November, 2017
Yokohama Triennale
Yokohama, Japan

Documenta 14: Antidoron
EMST in the World, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens collection, Fridericianum, Kassel.

The Silences Between
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

WATCHED! Surveillance, Art and Photography
C/O Berlin

WATCHED! Surveillance, Art and Photography
Hasselblad Foundation

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Very Now
London College of Communication, London, UK

Public, Private, Secret
ICP Museum, New York, USA

Breaking News 
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA

Bending the Frame
Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm Sweden
Preus Museum, Oslo, Norway

New Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Show
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa

Nothing But Blues Skies
Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

Where The Other Rests
Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
Somerset House, London, UK

MedPhoto 2016
Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore the Absurdity of Life
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, UK

This Is Your Replacement
Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany

Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg

British Art Show 8
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Norwich University of the Arts and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich

John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

2014 / 2015

British Art Show 8
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Conflict, Time, Photography
Tate Modern, London
Museum Folkwang, Essen

Shanghai Biennale
Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Edge of Silence
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
23 July - 29 August 2015

Cross Section of a Revolution
Lisson Gallery, London

Other People's Memories
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

This Is War!
Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Padua

East Wing Gallery, Dubai

People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground
Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland

6th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg
Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen am Rhein

À fendre le cœur le plus dur
Centre Photographique d'ile de France

Nero su Bianco
American Academy in Rome, Italy

Memory Lab: Photography Challenges History
MUDAM, Luxembourg

Art Basel, Miami
Goodman Gallery stand, Miami, USA

Memory Lab: The Sentimental Turn, 6th European Month of Photography
Berlin, Germany

Drawing Biennial 2015
Drawing Room, London

Scripted Spaces
Martos Gallery, LA

The Social Bases of Abstract Art
Up/Down Gallery, Ramsgate, UK

Frutta, Rome

Staging Disorder
London College of Communication, London

Ruin Lust
Tate Britain, London

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

New Photography 2013
MoMA, New York

Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing
Curated by Brian Dillon
de Appel, Amsterdam, The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

Tea with Nefertiti
State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, IVAM, Valencia, Spain

Unstable Territory
Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

The King's Peace: Realism and War
STILLS, Edinburgh

Divine Violence
Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Mystic Fire, Paradise Row, London

CounterIntelligence Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Canada

TJ Boulting, London

C-16: A Group Exhibition
Goodman Gallery Cape Town, South Africa

Conflict: Art and War
Contemporary Art Society, London


Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

C-16: A Group Exhibition
Goodman Gallery Cape Town, South Africa

New Photography 2013
MoMA, New York

Death of a Cameraman
apexart, New York

Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography

UK Photography Now: The Constructed View
Dong Gang International Photography Festival 2013, Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol, South Korea

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013
The Photographers' Gallery, London

LagosPhoto 2013: The Megacity and the Non-City Art21, Victoria Island, Lagos

Open Heart Surgery
The Moving Museum, The Strand, London

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013
Tate Liverpool, UK

Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing
Turner Contemporary, Margate, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, de Appel, Amsterdam

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography
Belfast Exposed and The MAC, Belfast

Contact Photography Festival
TPW, Toronto, Canada

Tea with Nefertiti Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France; IVAM, Valencia, Spain

Structures Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

Spring Show
Goodman Gallery Cape Town

Shifting Gazes
Guest Projects, London


Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography
Paradise Row at The David Roberts Art Foundation

Liquid Archive
Monash University Museum of Art

BredaPhoto- Homo Empathicus
Breda's Museum, The Netherlands

Revive the Visual, Auditory, and Tactile Senses
The JJ-W Hotel, Taiwan

In Appropriation
Houston Center for Photography, Houston

Peripheral Views: States of America
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

Gwangju Biennale

Photography Festival Leipzig

A Refusal of Images
A Space Gallery, Toronto

Lines of Control
Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Critical Dictionary
WORK Gallery, London

Prima Materia
Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast

Drawing Show
Paradise Row, London

Advance/ ... Notice
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa

Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK
Australian Centre For Photography

Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK
Griffith University Art Gallery

Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth and QUAD Gallery in Derby, UK

Out of focus: Photography
Saatchi Gallery, London

Of the Ordinary
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia

Machines for Living
Yaffo 23, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Lines of Control
Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art


Moments of Reprieve: Representing Loss in Contemporary Photography
Tallinn Art Hall Gallery

Decisive Moments: Uncertain Times
Gallery TPW, Toronto

Collatoral Damage
CUC Centre, Liverpool

Seeing is Believing 
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Summer Show
Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

Eat Me
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

Krakow PhotoMonth

Light II
Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

History Painting Now
Art Sensus, UK

All That Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism
Quad, UK

FOAM photography Museum, Amsterdam.

Serious Games
Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt, Germany.

Focal Point and Beecroft gallery, UK.


La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain.

Home Works V, Beirut Arts Center, Lebanon.

Bringing the War Home
Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK.

Le Garage
International Photography Festival of Arles, France.

The Marks We Make
The Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Grand Union, Birmingham, UK.


Manipulating Reality
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy.

Crisis: Exercises in State of Emergency
Villa Ichon, Bremen, Germany.

Prune: Abstracting Reality
Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography
Aperture Foundation, New York, USA.

Miami Basel
The Goodman Gallery, Miami, USA.

Art Basel
The Goodman Gallery, Switzerland.

Gammel Holtegaard Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Past in the Present – Questioning History
Dutch Photomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Embedded Art
Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany.

La Terra et Nous
La Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, France.


The Sublime Image of Destruction
The Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK.

La Terra et Nous
La Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris, France.

The Photographic Portrait in the 20th Century
Fondazione Ragghainti, Lucca, Italy.

Zoo Art Fair
Paradise Row, London, UK.

Echo Wanted
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France.

Mini-Israel and Bambi
Screening at The Gate Cinema, London, UK.

East Wing VIII
The Courtauld Institute, London, UK.

Sleeping and Dreaming
The Wellcome Trust, London, UK.


Block 180
The Hospital, London, UK.

Zoo Art Fair
Paradise Row, London, UK

Paris Photo
Steidl, Paris, France.

Zelda Rubinstein, A Group Show
Paradise Row, London, UK.

On the Wall
Aperture Foundation, NY, USA.


Ecotopia: the Second ICP Triennal of Photography and Video

Global Cities: the 10th International Biennale of Architecture
Venice, Italy.

1+1=3, Collaboration in Recent British Portraiture
Freemantle Arts Centre, Australia.

The Face of Madness
Palazzo Magnani, Italy

New Photographers 2006
Museum voor Fotografie, Belgium.

Durban Museum, South Africa.


Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Iceland

The National Museum of Photography, Denmark

Kristanstads Konsthall, Sweden

Aranjuez, Photo Espana, Spain


History in the Making
Circulo de Bellas Artes, PhotoEspaña, Spain.


Stepping in and out: Contemporary Documentary Photography
The Victoria & Albert Museum, UK.


It's Wrong To wish On Space Hardware
Gardener Art Center, Brighton University, UK


In A Lonely Place
The National Museum Of Photography, Film and Television, UK.