Cathy is an Australian based photo media artist who has a long-term interest in using photographic practice as a medium that is simultaneously based in fact and fiction, truth and lies. The illusory fundamentals of the photograph are used, in her work to both represent and misrepresent. Her practice is based around documentary but her methodologies vary with her subject matter.
Cathy has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and her work is held in numerous Australian public collections. She has received grants and awards and completed numerous residencies in both Australia and internationally.
Cathy has also taught in tertiary institutions in Australia as well as running workshops in practical and conceptual photography.
She is currently living and working, in a small Aboriginal Community in remote Australia on the Port Keats Road where each day she is documenting everyday life.
Catherine (Cathy) Laudenbach
Education PhD Doctor of Philosophy: Charles Sturt University. Research Masters: Monash. Masters of Fine Art: ANU.
2016 New Work Grant artsACT, 2012 Quick Response arts ACT, 2009 arts ACT New Work Grant. 2007 arts ACT New Work Grant, 2005 NAVA Grant to document work. 2005 Australia Council. Visual Arts Craft Board. New Work Grant. 2003 arts ACT. Project Funding Grant to complete body of photographs. 2003 arts ACT. Quick Response Grant to go to Kyoto Seian University. 2001 artsACT Project Funding Grant to continue work about Hill End. 2001 Hill End Scholarship. Bathurst Regional Gallery 2001 arts ACT. Quick Response Grant for Hill End Residency. 1999 arts ACT. ACT artist Grant to photograph NSW Hotel Rooms. 1998 NAVA. Grant to document work.
MAMA l Gallery Albury. Nepean Hospital, Sydney. Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. Nara City Gallery Collection,Japan. Fujisawa Town Council, Japan. Tweed River Gallery. Australian National Library. Goulburn Regional Gallery. Gold Coast City Gallery. Bathurst Regional Gallery. Australian National Medical Research Council ACT. Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra.
Canberra Boys Grammar School.
Hill End, NSW. 2000 and 2009
Northern Territory University. 2000
2003 Seian University of Art and Design. Osaka, Japan.
2011 3331 Chiyoda Tokyo Japan
2012 Broken Hill Art Exchange
2016 Kura Japan
2017 Rooms Goulburn Regional Gallery
2017 Landscapes of Desire RG Gallop Gallery Charles Sturt University Gallery Wagga Wagga NSW
2016 Gundaroo Rooms Goulburn Regional Gallery
2015 Landscapes of Desire. Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin.
2012 Familiar Landscapes. Broken Hill Art Exchange Broken Hill.
2011 Trace. 331 Chiyoda Arts Centre, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Please Be Careful. Monash University Gallery. Gippsland Campus
2008 Cheviot Beach. Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Braddon. Canberra.
2006 The Familiars. Tin Sheds. Sydney University. NSW.
2005 The Familiars. Goulburn Regional Gallery. NSW.
2004 The Familiars. Canberra Museum and Gallery. ACT.
2002 Hill End Interiors. Bathurst Regional Gallery. Bathurst, NSW.
2002 Hill End Interiors. Linden Centre for Contemporary Art. St. Kilda. Melbourne.
2001 Hotel Rooms. Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Goulburn. NSW.
2001 Hotel Rooms. 24 HR Contemporary Art Gallery. Darwin.
2001 Site Unseen. Adelhauser Museum. Freiberg. Germany.
1998 Rooms. CCP. Melbourne.
1998 Rooms. Canberra School of Art Gallery.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Bunch Goulburn Regional Gallery
2019 Head On Sydney 100 Australian Women Photographers Loud and Luminous
2013 Beauty Terror and the Outback, Barrier Truth Daily December 2013 Broken Hill
2013 Canberra Times Lens Love Review Sally Pryor
2011 Familiar Landscapes Truth Barrier Truth Daily December 2011
2011 Look. Contemporary Australian Photography Anne Marsh. Pg. 245
2010 Art Monthly Art notes Issue 236 Summer 2010
2009 . A. McLean "The Magicians Hat" 2009 Toga Group Darwin 8 9 Togart Contemporary Art Award (NT) 2009 Printed publication
2009 Togart Art Prize Canberra Times Sasha Grishin
2009 Teacher Dreamer Pragmatist Catalogue
2008 Parade ANU School of Art Catalogue
2008 Cathy Laudenbach. ANU Reporter ANU PG 3.
2008 Walking Under the Land Catalogue
2007 Olive Cotton Prize Catalogue
2004 Frames of Reference Catalogue
2003 Energex Arbour Contemporary Art Prize 2003 Catalogue
2001 Between place and non-place: the poetics of empty space [Artists working with the genre of empty space photography.] Photofile Issue 62. Daniel Palmer.
2003 The Familiars. Catalogue.
2003 Calthorpes Contemporary. Canberra Museum and Gallery. Catalogue.
2003 City of Hobart Art Prize 2003 Glass/ Photography. Exhibition Catalogue.
2002 The Home Front. Kezia Geddes. Muse. September 2002.
The Port Keats Road. Northern Territory. Australia
The Port Keats Road is approximately two hundred kilometers long. It starts near Daly River and runs to the Bonaparte Gulf. Most of the land requies a permit to enter. There are a number of Aboriginal communities along this dusty unsealed road that is often flooded in sections and almost always needs a heavy duty vehicle to access.
These photographs have come from the last three years 2017-2019 while I have been living and working in two communities on this road, Daly River and Port Keats. These communities are now known respectively as Nauiyu and Wadeye. Both of the communities were established as missions bringing together people from different language and family groups.
Over three years, through working alongside many of these people I have got to know the people in the photographs.
I hope to publish the images in a book format towards the end of 2019.
Hallstatt See Hallstatt
This series of work investigates through photograph, by its very nature a medium that creates a copy, two places called Hallstatt :one a copy of the other. Hallstatt is a 5th century town in Austria and in 2013 it was copied and built in southern China. The new Hallstatt is called Hallstatt See.
These works were taken in homes in Gundaroo a small village settled in the nineteenth century. It is 30 minutes from Canberra
Portraits of Life
These images are of people taken at various locations around the world.