Kate van der Drift

Kate van der Drift

Waxing Gibbous to Waxing Crescent, November 2022 VII, (37°25'47.4"S 175°30'39.2"E), 2022, Chromogenic Photograph from 4x5” Negative, edition of 5 + 2AP, 1450mm x 1130mm


Kate van der Drift is a contemporary photographer working and living in Aotearoa. She has a particular interest in recording and highlighting the ecological and environmental effects of human intervention on the land using analogue film processes. In 2022, van der Drift completed her Masters at Elam School of Fine Art.

Her recent research, as part of her masters project ‘Listening to a Wet Land' explores the ecological complexities and precariousness of the waters situated in the Hauraki Plains, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland. The project has culminated in a series of large-scale prints made from camera-less 'river exposures' and an essay film.

Both the digital moving image and analogue photographs explore stories of loss, of damage incurred in the politics of land use, as well as stories of hope and the potential for repair through agency of the more-than- human.



BORN: 1985, Kirikiriroa Hamilton LIVES: Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland

EDUCATION: Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Art, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland, 2022, Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts, Elam school of Fine Arts University of Auckland, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland, 2015, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Otago Polytechnic 2010

AWARDS: Molly Morpeth Canaday Award – Finalist (2023); Winner of the Uxbridge Malcolm Smith Gallery Art and Ecology Award (2020), University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarship (2019), Stoneleigh Wines artist grant best New Zealand artist showing at 2018 Melbourne Art Fair, (2018) Best Installation, OUSA Art Week (2010); Project Drawing Award, Otago Polytechnic (2009)

EXHIBITIONS: Water Slows As It Rounds The Bend, Auckland Festival of Photography, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland (2023); Susurrations, Women in Photography NZ & AU, Twenty-Six Constable Street, Po¯neke Wellington - group (2023); Soundings, Sanderson, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland - solo (2023); Listening to a Wet Land, Pah Homestead, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland – solo (2022); Listening to a Wet Land, Elam Project Space, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland - solo (MFA show not open to the public due to covid); From Things Flow, RM Project Space, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland – group (2021); Wallace Art Awards Finalist in touring show, Auckland, Porirua and Morrinsville, (2020); Wallace Awards Finalist in touring exhibition, Pah Homestead Auckland, Morrinsville and NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington (2017); And (&) per se and, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland (2016); By Then, George Fraser Gallery, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland (2015); New Perspectives, 4 Cross Street Gallery, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland (2015); A Place Between, Casbah Gallery, Kirikiriroa Hamilton (2015); From Now On (No Garden of Eden),Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville (2013); Push To Talk (with collective We Are Optimistic), One Day Wonder Series, Pearce Gallery, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland (2013); Push To Talk (with collective We Are Optimistic), Qubit - A Weekend of Contemporary Performance Art, The Anteroom, Otepoti Dunedin (2011); Patriarchy Free Zone Imagination Station (with collective We Are Optimistic), Otago University Art Week (2010); Domestic Terror, Centre of Contemporary Art, Otautahi Christchurch (2010); Let’s Roar Loudly! Symposium, Pioneering Women’s Memorial Hall, Otepoti Dunedin (2010)

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Kavka, Alena. ‘To See Obliquely: Kate van der Drift’s Listening to a Wet Land’ CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image Aotearoa, 2023; Clark, Andrew. ‘Listening to a wet land – review’ Photoforum, 2022; Wood, Matthew. ‘To Locate Exhibition text’, 2022; Huddleston, Charlotte Essay response to ‘From Things Flow’ at RM Gallery, Ta¯maki Makaurau Auckland 2022; Dyer, Nina Unstable Witnesses: Kate van der Drift’ s cameraless photographs, The Art Paper, Issue 02 Light, April-June 2022. McAvoy, Emil ‘As Above So Below Recent Photographs by Anne Noble and Kate van der Drift’ by Emil McAvoy, Art New Zealand Magazine, Autumn 2020; ‘Kate van der Drift reviewed - July 2018’ by Nina Seja, PhotoForum and D-Photo Magazine Spring 2018; ‘More Real Than The Real Thing’ by Charlotte Jansen, Elephant Magazine, Fall 2016; ‘A Place in Time’ by Mareea Vegas, D-Photo Magazine, Sep 2016; ‘Eventual Efflorescence – Kate van der Drift’ by M, Raven About Art, Jun 2016; ‘van der Drift Photos’ by Hana Aoake, Eye Contact, Jun 2015, ‘A subtle sense of identity’ by Terry McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, Jun 2015; ‘Kate van der Drift: Waterlogged’ by Rebekah White, Pro Photographer, Jun/Jul 2015, p 7; ‘Art Seen’ by James Dignan, Otago Daily Times, Dec 2013; ‘Art Seen’ by Julie Jopp, Otago Daily Times, Dec 2012; Lonie, Bridie and Sandra Muller, Qubit: a weekend of contemporary performance art, Port Chalmers: Anteroom Publishing, 2011; ‘Thought Provoking Art. Another World Is Possible’ by Bell Murphy, Marrow Magazine, Oct 2010; ‘Domestic Terror’,, 2010; ‘SITE in Dunedin’ by Jodie Dalgleish, Eye Contact, Nov 2009 





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