Natasha Caruana


Luke Fullalove for Marguerite London

Luke Fullalove for Marguerite London


Natasha Caruana is a London-based artist working across photography, moving image and installation. Caruana has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work begins autobiographically, exploring narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy, underpinned by a performative and playful approach. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal accounts. The series Married Man breaks with traditional portrayals of infidelity, whilst later works grapple with the institution of marriage - its promise and defeat. She is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the Arts London.

In 2014 Caruana was named as the winner of the BMW Artist in Residence Award at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum, France. The award led to solo shows at Les Rencontres d’Arles and Paris Photo and the monograph Coup de Foudre. Caruana’s works have toured widely across the United States, France, Lithuania, Portugal, India, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia and included in numerous contemporary photographic catalogues, printed as monographs. Recent exhibitions include - The Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2019, Hooked, Science Gallery, London, 2018, Timely Tale, Photoworks, Brighton, 2017, The New Observatory, FACT, Liverpool 2017, The Real Thing, Flowers Gallery, New York, 2016, Married Man, International Center for Photography Museum (project space), New York, 2016.

She has undertaken recent commissions and residencies with The Museum of Broken Relationships, Los Angeles, Photoworks, Brighton and the Open Data Institute, London. In 2019 Caruana’s commission Timely Tale was nominated for the long-list of The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and in 2014 her work was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award, and in 2012 winner of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award, and shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Pyramid prize in 2008. Her work is held in the public collections of The British Library, The Women’s Library, BMW Art and Culture, France, The Nicéphore Niépce Museum, France, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, UK and The Kinsey Institute in the United States.

In 2018 Natasha Caruana set up the organisation Work-Show-Grow, which hosts supportive and collaborative workshops throughout the year. At the heart of the W-S-G ethos is the belief that progressing a creative work doesn’t need to be lonely and competitive. It can be fun and supportive. Since 2016 Caruana has run the NC mentorship scheme, an annual mentorship aimed at women under-represented within the arts. The self-funded scheme supports creative development, confidence, and provides valuable practical knowledge on how to maintain a creative work.


Solo Exhibitions

Love in the 21st Century, Imitate Modern, London, February 2019

Timely Tale, Edward Street gallery, Photoworks, Brighton, UK, September 2017 

Married Man, ICP Museum (project space), New York, August 2016

At First Sight, BMW Brand Store show, Paris, France, November 2015

At First Sight, BMW Residence at Nicéphore Niépce Museum, Grand Palais, Paris Photo, Paris, November 2015

Love is an Act, Open Data Institute, London, July 2105

At First Sight, Salle Henri Comte, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Arles, France, July 2015

Married Man and other stories, Photofusion, London, February 2012

Facing East; solo show. The Office- An Art Space, Los Angeles, California, 2006

Group exhibitions (selected)

Home Sweet Home, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Arles, France, July 2019

The Seaside, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, May 2019

Probabilité 0.33, Nicéphore Niépce Museum, Burgundy, France, February 2019

209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK, March 2019

Hooked, Science Gallery, London, UK, September 2018

The Overhaul, Peckham 24, London, UK, May 2018

Merignac Photography Festival, Artothèque of Pessac, France, October 2017

The New Observatory, FACT, Liverpool, UK, June 2017 

PROYECTA, Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain, April 2017

P.O.V, Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards, Hastings, UK, March 2017

DAYADAHAHA, Beefhaus Gallery, Dallas, Texas, August 2016

What's too painful to remember... Israeli Centre for Digital Arts, Israel, May 2016

At First Sight, Riga Photo Festival, Latvia, April 2016

Married Man, Flowers Gallery, New York, January 2016

‘Feminine Masculine’ Photo50, London Art Fair, London, January 2016

Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, December 2015

 Power and Illusion, Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal, September 2015

 Les Rencontres d'Arles à la station, Cité Metro, Paris, July 2015

'Fairytale Reworked', La Nuit de l’Année, Arles, France, July 2015 

Abject Subjects, Art Exchange, University of Essex, Essex, UK, May 2015

Beyond Evidence, Format Festival, Derby, UK, March 2012

The impossibility of seeing clearly, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China, November 2012

Magenta Flash Forward, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada, November 2012

Get it Louder, Orange Sanlitun Village, Beijing, China, November 2012

‘I Love You’ Tenderpixel. Cecil Court, London, May 2012

Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK (touring) Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Australia, QUAD Gallery & at The Silk Mill, Derby, The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 2011 - 2012

Wonders of the Visible World; Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, October 2011

The Trace of an Act;  Paraty Em Foco Photo festival, Brazil, September 2011

Nine-point Perspective; Hotshoe Gallery, London, June 2011    

18 Leading Women in Art Photography UK, TASCHEN & Humble Arts Foundation, London, March 2010 

The Kinsey Institute Summer Show, SoFA Gallery, Indiana, USA, May 2010

The Fool; Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, July 2009

Invisible Adversaries; Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, February 2009

The Man Group Photography Prize, Royal College of Art, London, September 2009

The Show; Royal College of Art, London, June 2008

The Lecia Prize; Fh-Bielefeld Gallery, Germany, May 2007

Failure/ Success; Photomonth in Krakσw, Poland, May 2007

 As We See It; commissioned by the British Council, Hilton Hotel, Saudi Arabia, March 2007

As We See It; commissioned by the British Council, The Dray Walk Gallery, London, June 2006

Format 44, Truman Brewery, The Well, London, June 2005

Guest Talks (recent)

Personal is Political, ISSP, Latvia, 2019

Photographers’ Gallery, VR storytelling, London, UK, 2019

University of West England, Bristol, UK, 2019

Photographers’ Gallery Patron’s Tour, ASC Studios, London, UK, 2019

Kingston University, London, UK, 2019

Art & Brexit, Photoworks, Brighton, UK, 2018

A Lottery Postcode, Science Gallery, London, UK, 2018

Photography & Gender Dynamics post #MeToo, Photographers' Gallery, UK, 2018

Cold Cases, Phoenix, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton, UK, 2018

Documentary Futures - Towards inclusive Practices, LCC, London, UK, 2018

The Application Process, Free Range, London, 2018

Women in Photography, The Photography Show, NEC,Birmingham, 2018

Recycle Art, Brussels, Belgium, 2018

In Conversation with Photoworks Director, Brighton University, Sussex,  2017

The Worst Kind of Betrayal, IC- Visual Lab, Arnofini, Bristol, 2017

Self Love + Love Spells, The Museum of Broken Relationships, LA

The New Observatory, FACT, Liverpool,  2017

Prognostics Lecture, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, 2017

Women in Photography, The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham,  2017

Briony Campbell and Natasha Caruana, Photoforum, London, 2017

Croydon Photoforum, Croydon, UK, 2017


MA Photography, Royal College of Art London, 2006- 2008

BA (Hons) Photography- 1st Class Honours
The University for the Creative Arts, 2002- 2005

Awards/ Residencies

Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles, Shortlist, 2019

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Long list, 2018

Creative Development Award, Arts Council England, 2018

AIPHES, Teaching Excellence Award, Shortlist, 2018 

Museum of Broken Relationships Residency, Los Angeles, 2017

Eastside International Residency, Los Angeles, 2017

Arts Council England Award ODI, Artist in Residency Award, 2015

UCA Research Fund Award, 2015

BMW musée Nicéphore Niépce Artist Residency Award, 2014

Foam Paul Huf Award Nominated, 2014

UCA Research Fund Award, 2013

UKIERI (UK India research Initiative) British Council Award, 2012

Magenta Emerging Artist Award, 2012

The Man Group Photography Prize, Shortlisted, 2008

The Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award, Shortlisted, 2007

The Lecia Prize, Laureate Award, 2007

The National Magazine Awards, Shortlisted, 2007

Reviews (recent)

Mover and Shaker, Marguerite London, September 2018

What’s On, Time Out London, September 2018

Wedding Special, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, August 2018 

Hyperallergic ‘A quiet and painful meditation on human illness through VR’, by Mark Sheerin, October 2017

Kollektiv gallery, Natasha Caruana on the NHS, Age of Excess and the Internet, by Sophie Giblin, October 2017

This is Tomorrow, Natasha Caruana: Timely Tale, by Fiorella Lanni

Photomonitor, Timely Tale, by Gemma Padley, October 2017

Aesthetica, Women in Photography Panel at the Photography Show 2016, Birmingham, March 2016

BJP,  Look and Learn, by Simon Bainbridge, September 2016

Feature Shoot, New Photo Exhibition Pushes the Boundaries of Femininity and Gender Roles, by Effrem Zelony-Mindell, February 2016

DNA Magazine, The Real Thing. Girl Power exposition, by Pilar Alvardo, February 2016

Huffington Post, Female Photographers Discuss The Real Anxieties of Being Women, by Priscilla Frank, February 2016

PDN Photo of The Day, Constructing and Deconstructing Romance, February 2016

Musee Magazine, The Real Thing at Flowers Gallery, January 2016

Aperture, 5 Exhibitions to see in January, January 2016

OAI13*, Natasha Caruana and the Thunderbolt, by Bruno Dubreuil, July 2016

Dazed and Confused, The upcoming photographers analyzing your relationships, by Aimee Mclaughlin, January 2016

Photoworks, Ouch Ha Ouch: Women and Wit in Photography, by Max Houghton, November 2016

Photoworks, by Mariama Attah, Redeye, Eight leading photogaphers share their advice for a successful 2016, January 2016


Why Exhibit? Positions on Exhibiting Photographies. Edited by Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Iris Sikking, Books, Amsterdam, 2018, ISBN: 978-94-90119-72-0

Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now, Thames & Hudson, 2017, ISBN: 9780500544747

Raw View, Women Looking at Women, Lithuania, 2016

Riga Photo Biennial 2016, Rigas Fotografijas biennale, 2016, ISBN: 978-9934-14-861-3

Lens, I Love You, CITIC Society Te, Issue: 005, 2015, ISBN: 978-7-5086-5217-7

Archivo Zine, A Photography Love Story, Issue 13, 2015, ISBN: 9-772183-216004

Coup de Foudre, Trocedero Editions / BMW Art and Culture, Paris 2015, ISBN: 979-10-94965-01-6

Married Man, Here Press, London 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9574724-9-5

Paris Photo, Catalogue 2015, Reed Expositions

Photoworks Annual, Issue 22, Women, Ha Ouch, Ha Ouch, Ha Ouch, Women and Wit in Photography, 2015, ISBN: 9781903796527

Power and Illusion, Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal, 2015, ISBN: 978-972-98537-7-7

Oltre L'immagine, inconscio e fotografia, PostCart, 2015, ISBN: 978-88-98391-51-6

de l'air, le magazine qui donne voir, Special Beaux Livres, C Arles 2015, Les Recontres De Arles, 2015, ISBN: 978-2-330-05057

Foudre A Chalon-Sur-Soane, Issue 61, 2015

FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, 2015 Evidence, FORMAT, QUAD/FORMAT on occasion of the seventh

Lianzhou Foto 2012, China, ISBN: 9-78988-205264

ONO, Here Press, First edition signed, Spring 2012

Flash Forward 2012, The Magenta Foundation, First Edition, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-926856-03-2

Hijacked III, Kehrer Verlag, Big City Press, 2012, ISBN: 978-0- 9897878-49

Behind the Image - Research in Photography, co-authored Anna Fox, AVA Press, 2012, ISBN: 9782940411665

Michael Langford’s Basic Photography Handbook, ed. 9, Elsevier, Focal Press, 2010, ISBN: 978-0240521684

Photography Department, Royal College of Art, 2008

The Show, Royal College of Art, 2008

Michael Langford’s Basic Photography Handbook, ed. 8, Elsevier, Focal Press, 2007