About

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.”

 

Education

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

 

Exhibitions

upcoming

2019 – Lab111 “Independent Film Festival” Amsterdam, NL

past (selection)

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 – Babymorocco “The Final Goodbye of Babymorocco” 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 – MuseumNight “Floating Installation” Amsterdam, NL
2018 – De Nijverheid “Utrecht Digital” Utrecht, NL
2018 – Hotel Elephant “MicroActs 4“ 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

 

Media

National Radio Österreich 1 – Frequenzen & Düfte
Culturele Agenda – Sjoerd Martens’ onderzoek naar onze leefomgeving
Stranded.FM – Waar Het Schip Strand – ‘Sure Radio’
VICE – Vijf GIFs die de vrije liefde vieren
Patty Morgan – If this whole Spring thing is not your vibe
Marina Abramovic Institute Collaborators