Renzo Martens 1973

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.
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In 2008 Renzo Martens (Terneuzen, 1973) made the film Episode 3, better known as Enjoy Poverty, in which he stated that poverty is Africa's largest export product. A product whose proceeds go the Western world in stead of the continent itself. Enjoy Poverty received a lot of comments from development aid organizations, who felt that Martens was making the same mistake with the exploitation of poor people. A sound that just touches Martens' point: "I cannot change the world as it is, but I can try to give the most adequate possible picture of the world as I think it is."

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From 1991 to 1992 Martens studied political science at the University of Nijmegen. The next academic year he was enroled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (1992-1993) after which he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1993-1996). Martens obtained a PhD in the arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (2010-2015). His work has been shown in, among others, Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) and KOW (Berlin). Recent exhibitions include the 6th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (DE), the 7th Berlin Biennial, Berlin, (DE) '; the 21st Sydney Biennial, Sydney, (AU); 9 Artists, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis (USA); The Repatriation of the White Cube, Lusanga, (DRC).

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Born in Sluiskil, 1973 Lives and works in Amsterdam, Brussels and Kinshasa Education 2013 Yale World Fellow 2010-2015 Phd Research, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium 2010 ISCP, New York, United States 1999-2000 Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium 1993-1996 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1992-1993 Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent, Belgium 1991-1992 Political Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands Awards 2015 Witteveen+Bos-prijs voor Kunst+Techniek 2013 Cultuurfonds Documentaire Stipendium, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds 2010 Cultuurprijs Vlaanderen 2010 Filmfonds Stimulansprijs 2010 2009 Prix Rubans Canards Solo exhibitions 2017 Sculpture Center, New York, USA 2016 Congolese Plantation Workers Art League (with the Institute for Human Activities), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK 2015 On the Institute for Human Activities, Bergkerk Deventer, The Netherlands Produktion (with the Institute for Human Activities), Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria A Lucky Day (with the Institute for Human Activities), KOW, Berlin, Germany The Matter of Critique (with the Institute for Human Activities), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany A new settlement (with the Institute for Human Activities), Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2014 The Box, LA, US 2011 Renzo Martens, Kunsthalle Goteborg, Goteborg 2009 Episode 3, Wilkinson Gallery, London, United Kingdom 2008 Episode 3, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2005 Episode 1, Vtape, Toronto, Canada 2004 Episode 1, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands 2003 Episode 1, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1999 Rien ne va plus, De Merodestraat, Brussels, Belgium Group exhibitions 2018 NAP, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (upcoming) 2016 Bread and Roses: Artists and the Class Divide, Renzo Martens presents: Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaises, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland 2014 Confessions of the Imperfect, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Artes Mundi 6, Wales's National Museum of Art, Wales Manifesto! An Alternative History of Photography, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland Evil Clowns, Hartware MedienKunstverein, Dortmund, Germany '9 artists', MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US ‘Meer macht’, (curated by Hans den Hartog Jager), Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands 19th Biennale of Sydney: ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, Sydney, Australia 2013 ‘Ghost in the system - scenarios for resistance’, 5th Moscow Biennale of Comtemporary Art, Moscow, Russia ‘Space of Exception’, Artplay, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia Wiels, (with the Institute for Human Activities), Brussels, Belgium ‘Either/Or’, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany and: Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DenmarkLubumbashi Biennale, (a project by Tate Modern) (with the Institute for Human Activities), Lubumbashi ‘9 Artists’ (with the Institute for Human Activities), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US Lubumbashi Biennale, (a project by Tate Modern) (with the Institute for Human Activities), Lubumbashi, Congo ‘Blijven Kijken | Ce qui nous regarde | Dropouts’, Museum M, Leuven, Belgium 2012 ‘Forget Fear’, 7th Berlin Biennial, (with the Institute for Human Activities), Berlin ‘Models for Taking Part’, (curated by Juan Gaitan), Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon ‘A Series of Navigations’, The Model, Sligo, Ireland 2011 ‘Le Peuple qui Manque’, Le Bal, Paris, France ‘Models for Taking Part’, Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada ‘Radical Ruptures’, Kunsthalle Charlottenburg, Copenhagen (with a lecture by TJ Demos on Episode 3), Denmark ‘All that Fits, the Aesthetics of Journalism’, (curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Simon Sheikh), Quad, Derby, UK ‘A Film Cycle’, Nomas Foundation, Rome ‘Models for Taking Part’, (curated by Juan Gaitan), Presentation house Gallery, Vancouver ‘Antiphotojournalism’, (curated by Tom Keenan and Carles Guerra), Foam, Amsterdam ‘My War, Participation in an Age of Conflict’, Kingston, Canada ‘Alias’, (curated by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin), Krakow Photo Month, Krakow 2010 ‘Monumentalism— History and National Identity in Contemporary Art: Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2010’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ‘Antiphotojournalism’, (curated by Carles Guerra and Thomas Keenan ), La Vireinna, Barcelona, Spain ‘Human Condition’, (curated by Adam Budak), Kunsthaus Graz, Space02, Graz, Austria ‘6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art’, (curated by Katrin Rhomberg), Berlin, Germany ‘All that is solid melts into the air’, (Curated by Miguel Amado), Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal ‘MyWar (Identity and Appropriation Under War Condition)’, FACT, Liverpool, UK ‘Self as disappearance’, Centre d'art contemporain, La synagogue de Delme, France ‘Morality Act III; And the moral of the story is...’, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2009 ‘Recente Aanwinsten’, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands ‘Rien ne va plus’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands ‘Le Temps de la Fin’, Espace d'art contemporain La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France ‘Endurance (Daring Feats of Risk, Survival and Perseverance)’, Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, United States ‘Exploring the age of Repression’, Pavilion, Bucharest, Romania ‘Images Recalled’, Fotofestival Ludwigshafen, Germany ‘Until the End of the World’, AMP Gallery, Athens, Greece ‘Monunentalismus (One's History is Another's Misery)’, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany ‘Muhka Media’, Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium ‘Hors Pistes’ (filmscreening Episode 3), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium 2008 ‘Matter of Fact; Aftermath (Capacete/A Gentil Carioca / Galeria Vermelho)’, Sao Paulo, Brazil Brussels Biennial, Brussels, Belgium ‘Manifesta 7; Matter of Fact (The European Biennial of Contemporary Art)’, Rovereto, Italy ‘L'Art en Europe (Experience Pommery #5)’, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France ‘Neither Either Nor Or’, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany ‘To Burn Oneself with Oneself: the Romantic Damage Show’, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2007 ‘Modern Solitude’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ‘Brave New World’, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands ‘Nothing Else Matters’, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands ‘Speakers’, Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels, Belgium ‘Magazine Project’, Documenta Halle, Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany 2006 ‘A Picture of War is not War’, Wilkinson Gallery, London, United Kingdom ‘Excess’, Z'33, Hasselt, Belgium ‘An Evening with..’, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey 2005 ‘I Love Video Art’, Musee dArt Contemporain, Strassbourg, France ‘Undercurrents’, Basis Actuele Kunst (BAK), Utrecht, The Netherlands ‘Reprise’, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands ‘Inner and Outer Worlds’, Argos festival, Argos, Brussels, Belgium ‘Soft Target’, Basis Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands 2004 ‘Constructing Visions’, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands ‘Mediamatic Supersalon’, Mediamatic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ‘Plug-In’, Futura, Prague, The Czech Republic ‘Yugoslav Biennial’, Vrsac, Yugoslavia ‘Monitoring’, Kunstverein Kassel, Kassel, Germany IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2003 ‘Urban Dramas’, De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium ‘Etablissements den Face’, Brussels, Belgium ‘Blich zum Nachbarn (Kunstfilmbiennale)’, Cologne, Germany 2002 ‘De Avonden’, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Selected screenings, symposia and events 2014 Screening Episode 3 and conversation (on the Institute for Human Activities), CUNY Center for the Humanities, NY, US Talk, Renzo Martens: More news on the Institute for Human Activities , Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2013 On the Institute for Human Activities, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen Nina Möntmann interviews Renzo Martens, Iaspis, Stockholm Off-site panel: Art and Media in Congo, Congo in Harlem Film Festival, New York On the Institute for Human Activities, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis On the Institute for Human Activities, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid On the Institute for Human Activities, Hebel am Ufer, Berlin On the Institute for Human Activities, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam On the Institute for Human Activities, University College, London On the Institute for Human Activities, Wiels, Brussels Battles Of Images, Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo Interdisciplinary Seminar: T.J. Demos considers Episode III, Cooper Union School of Art, New York The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art, (with the Institute for Human Activities) Tate Modern, London 2012 Registration of the Opening Seminar of the Institute for Human Activities, Closing event 7th Berlin Biennial, KunstWerke, Berlin On the Institute for Human Activities, Staedelschule, Frankfurt On the Institute for Human Activities, Yale University, New Haven 2011 Episode 3, The Thinking Eye, Kunstverein, Milan Episode 3, a conversation between Stefan Jonsson and Renzo Martens, House of Win Win, Goteborg Episode 3, A conversation between Yehoshua Simon and Renzo Martens, Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel. Episode 1 and 3, A debate with Lieven de Cauter and Ruben de Roo, Ritz, Brussels 2010 Capitalism and the Aesthetics of Knowledge in the 21st century, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens Image Mouvement, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneve 12 Gestures, Screening and Discussion around Episode 3, with Mathieu Abonnenc, Betonsalon, Fondation Kadist, Paris Do We All Have Strength Enough to Endure the Misfortunes of Others?, A Conversation about Episode 3, with Jennifer Allen, Felix Ensslin, Renzo Martens, Ana Teixeira Pinto and Dieter Roelstraete, Salon Populaire, Berlin Episode 3, Screening, Liebaert Projects, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Kortrijk Episode 3, Screenings and Discussions in Kinshasa, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles and Halle de la Gombe. Episode 3, A Screening and Conversation with Renzo Martens by T.J. Demos and Tamar Garb, Tate Modern, London Uneven Geographies, curated by T.J. Demos and Alex Farquharson, Screening and Conversation with Alfredo Cramerotti and Renzo Martens, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham The Hopelessness of Contemporary Art, Symposium around Episode 3, with TJ Demos, Hilde Van Gelder, Carles Guerra, Thomas Keenan, Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Renzo Martens, The Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Leuven Eric van Lieshout, Renzo Martens and Hans de Hartog-Jager at Museum de Hallen, Haarlem 2009 ‘Hors Pistes’ (filmscreening Episode 3), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium Globaliseringslezing, A Conversation with Jos de Putter and Renzo Martens, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam Episode 3, A Conversation with Jan Ritsema and Renzo Martens , Kaaitheater,Theaterfestival, Brussels Episode 3, A Conversation with Dana Linsen, Renzo Martens and Joris Luyendijk, Ketelhuis, Amsterdam The Future of Picturing the World: Filming and Imaging in a Global Era. A discussion with Lilie Chouliaraki, Max Houghton, Renzo Martens, Julian Stallabrass, London School of Economics, London Episode 3, A Conversation between JJ Charlesworth and Renzo Martens, Wilkinson Gallery, London Lost and Found at the New Museum, New York Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, (curated by Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr), Arnolfini, Bristol Hors Pistes, and Collussions, Screenings and Debates, Centre Pompidou, Paris 2008 Episode 3, A Conversation with Marc Nash and Renzo Martens, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam A Prior # 16, A Conversation with Els Roelandt and Renzo Martens, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent Joris Luyendijk debat, LUX, Nijmegen IDFA (opening night film), Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2007 A Night with Renzo Martens, (curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen), Platform Garanti, Istanbul 2000 Muhka Media, Antwerp, Belgium Selected Film and Theatre Festivals 2009 CPH:Dox, Copenhagen Anasy Festival, Abu Dhabi Filmfestival, Guadalajara Leeds Filmfestival, Leeds Atlantic Mirror, Rio de Janeiro One World Filmfestival, Bukarest Prirzen Docufest, Kosovo Salem Filmfestival Tarifa African filmfestival Vermont Filmfestival Jersey Amnesty Filmfestival Doc Lounge Sweden Docpoint Helsinki International Filmfestival Guadalajara Filmfestival Malta Festival, Poznan Alkantara Festival, Lisbon 2008 Raccontare el Vero, Parma Aarhus Filmfestival African Filmfestival, Milan Bergen Filmfestival Nederlands Filmfestival, Utrecht Jerusalem Filmfestival Talinn Black Nights Filmfestival New Zealand filmfestival Planet Doc review, Warzawa Docville festival, Leuven Alba International Filmfestival Dockenama, Maputo MiradasDoc, Tenerife Rencontres Internationales du Film Documentaire, Montreal Planet Doc review, Warzawa DocHouse, London SilverDocs, Washington DC HotDocs, Toronto Thessaloniki Documentary Filmfestival, Thessaloniki Theaterfestival, Kaaitheater, Brussels Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels A Sense of Belonging, Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam