About

Sjoerd Martens (1993, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) based in Amsterdam.

Education

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

Exhibitions

This January is a selection of the series ‘Waves come to catch us’ and ‘Scenery of Japan (2018)’ is on view at Studio\K in Amsterdam-Oost. Come one, come all.

2019 – Esto es para esto, Centro de las artes, Monterrey, MX
2019 – Waves come to catch us, Studio/K Amsterdam, NL
2018 – Floating Cinema, Amsterdam MuseumNight, NL
2018 – De Nijverheid, Utrecht Digitaal, NL
2018 – MicroActs 4, Hotel Elephant London, UK
2018 – Arty Party, Melkweg Amsterdam, NL
2018 – Graduation Festival, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, NL
2018 – I am sure you know what I am talking about, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, NL
2018 – Zomerwinkel, Patty Morgan Amsterdam, NL
2017 – Patty Morgan Internetcafe, Les Rencontres de la photographie Arles, FR
2017 – Patty Morgan Internetcafe, Photography Museum FOAM, NL
2017 – Marina Abramović Institute + T, VS

Statement

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.