Sjoerd Martens (b. 1993, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. “We are constantly leaving traces of our existence behind in our surroundings but we also have the urge to erase them as quickly as possible. They normally do not capture our attention, either because of their everydayness or perceived ugliness. The hidden beauty and purity of the human traces are what I want to immortalize so that they can be experienced differently and infinitely. Consequently, the subjects are no longer taken for granted. It is thus reminiscent of archeology, but with a different purpose and an unconventional mean.

I see my work as a sculpture of our legacy. The areas I create are characterized by past human presence, current abandonedness and future uncertainty. The human traces as still life are brought to a new breathing environment through multidisciplinarity and atypical narrative techniques. The manipulated mise-en-scène forms a post-apocalyptic, semi-surreal microcosm that includes physical and non-physical signs of our mortality. This haven is solely palpable and is comparable to past childhood dreams, or dissociation from one’s environment or self.”


2022 – Deutsches Museum “Placeness Produced” München, DE
2022 – Arti et Amicitiae “TBA” Amsterdam, NL
2022 – Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ “Dekmantel Festival” Amsterdam, NL
2022 – FIBER Festival: Mutation (Part II) “Placeness Produced”, Amsterdam, NL
2022 – Le Guess Who? “Placeness Produced” Utrecht, NL

past/now on show (selection)

2022 – National Archaeological Museum Aruba “My Neighbor Has Petroglyphs In Her Backyard” Oranjestad, AW
2022 – Sunnei “Radio SUNNEI Live visuals” Milano, IT
2022 – Art Rotterdam “Prospects” Rotterdam, NL
2022 – Van Gogh Museum “From This Point the Zone Is Germinating” Amsterdam, NL
2022 – The White “The Last Train Approaches – My Dearest Memories Without Being Alone” Tokyo, JP
2022 – Lumiere “Voor een visitekaartje op de eerste rij” Maastricht, NL

2021 – Fiber Festival – Tolhuistuin “Birds Sing Like The Horn Of A Truck” Amsterdam, NL
2021 – La Biennale di Venezia “Birds Sing Like The Horn Of A Truck” Venice, IT
2021 – Academy Award Oscar® Qualifying – Tehran International Short Film Festival, Tehran, IR
2021 – International Dance Film Festival, Athens Video Dance Project “The Planetarium” Athens, GR
2021 – Black Discourse “The Body Is My First Mother” Los Angeles, US
2021 – Huis Marseille “Infinite Identities. Photography in the Age of Sharing” (IG story), Amsterdam, NL
2021 – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante “Invitation” Alicante, ES
2021 – Dyad “Intermezzo”, Amsterdam, NL
2021 – Figurative Vertigo “Earthskin” The World Food Forum 2021, Rome, IT
2021 – Duotoon, Lynk & Co “Birds Sing Like The Horn Of A Truck” Amsterdam, NL
2021 – Inex Film “Live Soundtrack”, Belgrade, RS

2020 – Dekmantel Connects “RE:VIVE Scores III”, Amsterdam, NL
2020 – Saigon Experimental Film “Invitation” Ho Chi Minh City, VN
2020 – IOPPS – El Patio del Arte “The Treachery of Images” San Juan, AR
2020 – Duotoon, Lynk & Co “Birds Sing Like The Horn Of A Truck” Amsterdam, NL
2020 – Museo Nacional de Antropología “Earthskin” Madrid, ES
2020 – DDDD Collections “Playgrounds” Berlin, DE
2020 – Post Territory Ujeongguk “Playgrounds” Seoul, KR
2020 – Obskuur Film Festival / Alfred Sküll Gallery “Invitation” Ghent, BE
2020 – Playroom “An Art Opening in the Corona Era” Zaandam, NL
2020 – Cinéma Galeries’ Exhibition Hall “Brussels Independent FF”, Brussels, BE
2020 – Motel Spatie “Special Edition: Self-publish or be Damned” Arnhem, NL

2019 – TivoliVredenburg “Canvas”, Utrecht, NL
2019 – Academiegalerie “Self-publish or be Damned” Utrecht, NL
2019 – Kriterion “IDFA Exhibition”, Amsterdam, NL
2019 – Exgirlfriend “From the Portfolio of Freewill: collaboration with Nural Moser” Berlin, DE
2019 – Lab111 “Invitation as short before David Lynch: The Art Life” Amsterdam, NL
2019 – Lucernaire “Invitation” Paris, FR
2019 – Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision “iPhone Film Festival”, Hilversum, NL
2019 – De School “Tijdgenoten Patty Morgan” Amsterdam, NL
2019 – Manifesto Film Festival “Invitation” Amsterdam, NL
2019 – Resonance Extra Nachtgärtnern II “Frequenzen & Düfte” Berlin, DE
2019 – National Radio Österreich 1 “Frequenzen & Düfte” Vienna, AT
2019 – Czong Institute for Contemporary Art “Invitation” Seoul, KR
2019 – The Roxy Theater “Invitation” Missoula, US
2019 – Lake Worth Playhouse “Invitation” Florida, US
2019 – The Final Goodbye of Babymorocco: collaboration with Clayton Pettet, London, UK
2019 – Centro de las artes “Esto es para esto” Monterrey, MX
2019 – Garage Noord “Waves come to catch us” Amsterdam, NL
2019 – Mono “Floating Installation” Rotterdam, NL
2019 – Studio/K “Waves come to catch us” Amsterdam, NL

2018 – Museumnacht “Floating Installation” Amsterdam, NL
2018 – De Nijverheid “Utrecht Digital” Utrecht, NL
2018 – Hotel Elephant “MicroActs“ London, UK
2018 – Melkweg “Arty Party“ Amsterdam, NL
2018 – Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design “Graduation Festival“ Maastricht, NL
2018 – HKU University of the Arts Utrecht “I am sure this is a Graduation Show” Utrecht, NL
2018 – Patty Morgan ”Zomerwinkel” Amsterdam, NL

2017 – Les Rencontres de la photographie Arles “Internetcafe Patty Morgan” Arles, FR
2017 – Photography Museum FOAM “Internetcafe Patty Morgan” Amsterdam, NL
2017 – Marina Abramović Institute + T “Photographic archaeological research of April”, US


2014/2018 Image and Media Technology (Bachelor of Design, with Honours) – HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Awards & Grants

2022 – Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied (Werkbijdrage voor publicatie)
2022 – Stichting Stokroos (Werkbijdrage voor publicatie)
2020/2021 – Stipendium for Emerging Artists (Werkbijdrage Jong Talent) Mondriaan Fund
2019 – Amsterdam Independent Film Festival – Netherlands Cinema Now Award