Luke Willis Thompson

Born 1988, Auckland (lives and works in London)


2015 Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Meisterschule, Prof. Willem de Rooij)
2010 MFA Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
2009 BFA Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland


Nirin: 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (forthcoming)

Adjacency, Galerie Nagel Draxler Kabinett, Berlin (solo)
Hysterical Strength, GAMeC, Bergamo (solo)

Turner Prize, Tate Britain (group)
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018, MMK 3, Frankfurt am Main (group)
_Human, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (solo)
We don’t need another hero, 10th Berlin Biennale (group)
Luke Willis Thompson, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (solo)

Field Guide, Remai Modern, Saskatoon (group)
autoportrait, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (solo)
autoportrait, Chisenhale Gallery, London (solo)
Shout, Whisper, Wail: The Chartwell Show (curated by Natasha Conland), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (group)

Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin (solo)
Sao Paulo Bienial, Sao Paulo (group)
La Bienniale de Montreal, Montreal (group)
Misadventure, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane (solo)
Light switch and conduit: the Jim Barr and Mary Barr collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (group)
Sucu Mate/Born Dead, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (solo)

Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Museum, Queensland (group)
Parked like Serious Oysters, Museum fur Modern Kunst, Frankfurt (group)
Sucu Mate, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne (solo)
Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (group)

Walters Prize Exhibition, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (solo presentation)
Foreign Exchange – or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger (curated by Clementine Deliss), Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (group)
Pequod, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (group)

On this day alone (curated by Glenn Barkley), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (group)
If you were to live here…, Auckland Triennial (curated by Hou Hanru), Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (group)

Between memory and trace (curated by Bruce E. Phillips), Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Pakuranga (group)
Made Active: The Chartwell Show (curated by Natasha Conland), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (performance)
In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary (curated by Fiona Amundsen, Dieneke Jansen and Vera Mey), St Paul St Gallery, AUT, Auckland (group)
inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland (solo)

S/F newspaper project, Auckland (publication)

Elam Graduate Show: MFA Program, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland (solo presentation)
Make\Shift: Tautai’s third tertiary show (curated by Nina Tonga), St Paul St Gallery,
Memory to the marrow (with Sue-li Tasker-Yeo), Projectspace B4321, Auckland

When we read, we really read, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland (group)

Deadline Authentico!, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland (group)


2014 Sa Sa Bassac Cambodia Exchange Project, Cambodia (invited by Erin Gleeson and Vera Mey)
2013 Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main (invited by Clementine Deliss)


2018 Turner Prize nomination
2018 Deutsche Börse photography prize winner
2014 Walters Prize winner