Renzo Martens

Biography

Renzo Martens, The Netherlands, 1973

Education

2010-2017 PhD.candidate, School of Arts, University Ghent
2013 Yale World Fellow
2010-2015 PHD in the Arts at KASK, School of Arts, Ghent
2010 ISCP New York
1999-2000 Free University, Brussels
1993-1996 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
1992-1993 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent
1991-1992 Political Sciences, University Nijmegen

Some Recent Quotes

“a highly elaborate, extremely self-reflexive and ultra-controversial project that effectively questions, if not castrates, (art’s) political desires.”
- Ekaterina Degot -

“It is precisely the complexity and radical ambiguity of the enterprise that provides it with both artistic as well as socio-economic and political relevance.”
-Clementine Deliss in Diaphanes -

“Enjoy Poverty is the Guernica of our age.”
- Azu Nwagbogu -

“One of the most stimulating shows in New York right now, “Congolese Plantation Workers Art League,” at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, features work by a collective of Central African artists who are also field laborers on cacao and palm oil plantations.”
- Holland Cotter in The New York Times -

2017

Selected Solo Shows
The Repatriation of The White Cube, LIRCAEI, Lusanga, Congo (with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise)
Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (Congolese Plantation Workers Art League), SculptureCenter, New York (with CATPC and IHA)

Selected Group Shows

TRANSAKTIONEN – Über den Wert künstlerischer Arbeit, HaL, Berlin (with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise)
The Armory Show (Focus selection), New York (with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaise)

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

Het Ritme van Kunst, Bozar, Brussel (with Pascal Gielen)
New Utopia, Stuk, Leuven (with David Gianotten, OMA)
The Repatriation of the White Cube, LIRCAEI, Lusanga (with CATPC)
Conference The Matter of Critique IV, SculptureCenter, New York (with the CATPC and IHA)

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

White Cube in de Jungle, Metropolis M, Sacha Bronwasser (Dutch)
The Repatriation of the White Cube, Diaphanes, Clémentine Deliss
II. Los Angeles and New York, Even, Joanna Fiduccia
Guggenheim in Kongo, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Kolja Reichert (German)
OMA-designed ‘white cube’ gallery in DR Congo highlights the plight of plantation workers, DesignBoom, Philip Stevens
Chocoladesculpturen bieden uitweg voor Congolese plantagearbeiders, De Volkskrant, Sacha Bronwasser (Dutch)
Chika Okeke-Agulu on Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise, Art Forum, Chika Okeke-Agulu
Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise, Art Forum, Claire Bishop
A New Art Museum Stands on a Former Plantation in the Congo, VICE Creators, DJ Pangburn
De Repatriëring – Beeldverhaal, De Standaard, Thomas Nolf
White Cube in de jungle, NRC, Renzo Martens (Dutch)
Kwilu – Inauguration D’un Centre De Recherche En Art Et Les Inégalités Économiques À Lusanga, Le Poteniel, Stanislas Ntambwe
Een Dumas en Tuymans in de Congolese jungle, De Volkskrant, Sacha Bronwasser (Dutch)
Congolese Plantation Workers Art League to Open Art Center on Former Plantation, ArtNews, Robin Scher
African Art in a Game of Catch-Up, New York Times, March 13, 2017, Holland Cotter
Congolese artist displays chocolate sculptures in New York, Al Jazeera, Gabriel Elizondo.
5 Show-Stopping Sculptures from The Armory Show 2017, Art Space, Amelia Ames
Critical Consumption, Elephant, Emily Steer
Chocolate and Capitalism Face Off in a New Sculpture Exhibit, The Creators Project (Vice), Abby Ronner.
Art, Poverty and Chocolate, New York Times, Randy Kennedy.
Congolese Plantation Workers Art League. A chocolate dilemma: Renzo Martens brings his problematic art enterprise to the SculptureCenter, 4 Columns, Ania Szremski.
Congolese Plantation Workers Are Making a Living Selling Chocolate Sculptures to the Art World, Artsy, Casey Lesser.
OUT NOW: CATPC – Cercle d’art des travailleurs de plantation congolaise, Contemporary And (C&)
Cacao Statues at the SculptureCenter, The New York Times, Robin Pogrebin.

2016

Selected Solo Shows

Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaise, MIMA, Middlesborough (with the Institute for Human Acitivites)

Selected Group Shows

Bread and Roses, Museum for Modern Art, Warsaw (with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise)

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

Renzo Martens from the Institute for Human Activities, Goldsmiths, London
De Balie x IDFA Special: Beeldbepalers met Renzo Martens, De Balie, Amsterdam
Conference The Matter of Critique III, Lusanga, Congo (with the Institute for Human Activities)

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Surfen of de diepte in?, (Dutch), VPRO gids, November 6, 2016, Rolf Hermsen.
How Artist Renzo Martens Aims to Funnel Western Capital Back to the Plantation, Artnet, November 1, 2016, Brian Boucher.

Selected Guest Lecturing
HISK, Gent
Goldsmiths University, London

2015

Selected Solo Shows

On the Institute for Human Activities, Bergkerk, Deventer, (with the Institute for Human Activities)
A New Settlement, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (with the Institute for Human Activities)
A Lucky Day, KOW Galerie, Berlin (with the Institute for Human Activities)
The Matter of Critique, KunstWerke Berlin (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Art Brussels, Non Profit Solo Booth (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Special Pop-Up Store (with the Institute for Human Activities), V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam

Selected Group Shows

Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting in the Present, Jakarta Biennial
Production, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna (with the Institute for Human Activities)

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

On the Institute for Human Activities, Oxford University, Oxford.
Consider it done: On Cosmopolitan Collectivism, Jakarta Biennial
Artist Talk with Renzo Martens, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
Between Dissent and Discipline, On the Institute for Human Activities, Malmö
Flying Carpet #18: Renzo Martens, Iaspis, Stockholm
Renzo Martens, (with the Institute for Human Activities) Artes Mundi, Cardiff
Arts Organisation International (organized by Jonas Staal), Hebel Am Ufer, Berlin

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Kunstenaar bouwt Afrikaanse ‘Tate’, (Dutch) Volkskrant, November 5, 2015, Sacha Bronwasser.
Gentrification After Institutional Critique: On Renzo Martens’ Institute for Human Activities, Afterall Journal, Autumn/Winter 2015, TJ Demos.
Die Schokoladenseite der Kunst (German), Art Magazine, May 16, 2015, Raimar Stange.
Renzo Martens, Artforum, May 1, 2015, Travis Jeppesen.
Mysterie van Geld, Kunst en Cacao, (Dutch) Parool, May 1, 2015, Jan Pieter Ekker.
Im Kopf nur Schokolade (German) Die Zeit, 29 April, 2015, Kolja Reichert.
How the Dutch provocateur launched an independent cultural economy with plantation workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Art Review, April 2015, J.J. Charlesworth
Chocolade met extra emoties, NRC Handelsblad, 19 February 2015, Renzo Martens

Selected Guest Lecturing

Ruskin School, Oxford University, Oxford
Goldsmiths College, London

2014

Selected Solo Shows

A Capital Accumulation Program (with the Institute for Human Activities), and Episode 3, The BOX Gallery, Los Angeles

Selected Group Shows

Confessions of the Imperfect (with the Institute for Human Activities), Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
Artes Mundi 6 (with the Institute for Human Activities), National Museum Cardiff
Böse Clowns, Hartware Medien Kunstverein, Dortmund
Manifesto! An alternative history of photography, Folkwang/Winterthur, Germany/Switzerland
Hunting and Collecting, Mu.Zee, Ostend
You Imagine what You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
It's my hair and I can do what I want with it, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
9 Artists (with the Institute for Human Activities) MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge (US)

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

On the Institute for Human Activities, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
It's very Political, Panel discussion with Merijn Oudecampsen, Hans den Hartog Jager, Steven ten Thije and Renzo Martens, Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Amsterdam
Susan Sontag Trilogie: Be Serious!#2 (with the Institute for Human Activities), De Balie, Amsterdam
Screening Episode 3, Renzo Martens in conversation with Claire Bishop (on the Institute for Human Activities), CUNY Center for the Humanities, NY
On the Institute for Human Activities, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge (US)
More news on the Institute for Human Activities, Städelschule, Frankfurt
Episode III: Enjoy Poverty, VPRO NPO Doc, Netherlands

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Stuart Jeffries, I want to Gentrify the Jungle The Guardian, December 16, 2014
Koen Kleijn, Ongemakkelijke kunst voor een goed doel, De Groene Amsterdammer, December 4, 2014,
Mieke van Dixhoorn, Niet kunnen leven van de cacao, maar wel van de chocolade, de Volkskrant, November 21, 2014,
Wiliam Kherbek, review It's my Hair and I can do what I want with it, PORT Magazine, Berlin
Nicholas Brown, _Renzo Martens and the Institute for Human Activities, cmagazine, summer 2014, Toronto (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Roos van der Lint, Dakloos bla bla bla, De Groene Amsterdammer, 25 June, 2014, Amsterdam (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Hans de Hartog Jager, Kan hedendaagse kunst de wereld verbeteren?, Literair Nederland, Het Streven, 12 juni 2014, Amsterdam (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Carel Peeters, Heeft de artistieke autonomie zijn grens bereikt? 'Ja' (Dutch), Vrij Nederland, May 24, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Floor van Luijk, De (on)macht van kunst, Metropolis M, May 20, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Arnon Grunberg, Kunst, de motor van de economie, De Correspondent, online magazine, May 19, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Sacha Bronwasser, De kunst van relevant zijn, De Volkskrant, April 7, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Daan van Lent, Een aanslag als een kunstwerk, NRC Handelsdagblad, March 28, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Hans de Hartog Jager, Het Streven. Kan hedendaagse kunst de wereld verbeteren?, Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)
Rana Florida, Art in the Jungle, HuffPost, January 16, 2014 (with the Institute for Human Activities)

Selected Writing

Renzo Martens, Wie geeft kritische kunst de ruimte, NRC Handelsblad, 2014

Selected Guest Lecturing

Yale University, New Haven
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Goldsmiths College, London
Staedelschule Franfurt
HISK, Gent

2013

Selected Group Shows

Arte Útil (with the Institute for Human Activities) Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
global aCtIVISm, ZKM I Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
9 Artists (with the Institute for Human Activities) Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Ghost in the system - scenarios for resistance, Moscow Biennale, Moscow
Space of Exception, Artplay, Moscow Biennale, Moscow
"Either/Or", Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
"Either/Or", Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen

Selected Writing

Renzo Martens, Letter to Tino Seghal, A Prior Magazine, 2013

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

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
Encore!, Screening Episode III, introduced by Pierre Bismuth, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
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

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Nina Möntmann (ed), Scandalous. A critical reader on art and ethics., Sternberg Press, 2013
Crystal Am Nelson, Scandal, The Brooklyn Rail, 3 June 2013
Jenifer Evans, 'Enjoying poverty' in Congo, Egypt Independent, 11 March 2013
Julian Stallabras, Documentary. A critical reflection on the recent revival of documentary in contemporary art, Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, 2013
T.J. Demos, Return to the Postcolony: Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013
Hilde Van Gelder, T.J. Demos, In and Out of Brussels. Figuring Postcolonial Africa and Europe in the Films of Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Renzo Martens, and Els Opsomer, Leuven University Press | Lieven Gevaert Series, Leuven, 2013

Selected Guest Lecturing

University College London

Selected Prizes

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Documentary Stipend

2012

Selected Group Shows

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, Sligo, Ireland

Selected Writing

Renzo Martens, a conversation with Eyal Weizman, A Prior Magazine, Gent,
Renzo Martens, A New Mandate, in What, today, can be understood as a critical modality of spatial practice?, Städelschule book series, ed. Nikolaus Hirsch, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

Registration of the Opening Seminar of the Institute for Human Activities, Closing event 7th Berlin Biennial, KunstWerke, Berlin
On the Institute for Human Activities, Städelschule, Frankfurt
On the Institute for Human Activities, Yale University, New Haven

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Artur Zmijewski, Artist come to create Beauty and Kindness, a conversation with Renzo Martens, in Forget Fear, reader Berlin Biennial, KW, Berlin, 2012
Raymond van den Bogaert, Kunst als Banenmotor, NRC Handelsblad, July 2012, Amsterdam
Sandra Smallenburg, Burgerlijke Ongehoorzaamheid, NRC Handelsblad, April 2012, Amsterdam
Sven Lutticken, Let’s Fake History in Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, July 2012
TJ Demos, Towards a new Institutional Critique, conversation with Renzo Martens, Atlantica, 2012
TJ Demos, Interview with Renzo Martens, in Art and Exploitation, ed. Nina Monntman, Sternberg Press, Berlin (te verschijnen)
TJ Demos, Renzo Martens, On the Institute for Human Activities, Camera Austria, Graz

Selected Guest Lecturing

Goldsmiths College, London, Staedelschule, Franfurt, HISK, Gent, Bard College, NY.

2011

Selected Solo Shows

Episode 3, Kunsthalle Goteborg

Selected Group Shows

Moscow Auditorium, A Sketch for a Public Space (curated by Ekaterina Degot, Joanna Mytkowska, David Riff) Moscow
Le Peuple qui Manque, Le Bal, Paris
Models for Taking Part, Hart House, University of Toronto
Radical Ruptures, Kunsthalle Charlottenburg, Copenhagen (with a lecture by TJ Demos on Episode 3)
All that Fits, the Aesthetics of Journalism, (curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Simon Sheikh), Quad, Derby
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

Selected Writing

Renzo Martens, 'A Recipe for a New Institute', A Political Cookbook, Polish Paviljon, Venice Biennial 2011

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

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

Selected Television Screenings

Episode 3, German, Swiss, Israeli, Emirates, Austrian, Finnish, Polish, Belgian television

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Marren Lubke, Renzo Martens in conversation with Marren Lubke, Camera Austria, Graz, 2011
TJ Demos, Poverty Pornography, Humanitarianism, and Neo-liberal Globalization: Notes on Some Paradoxes in Contemporary Art, SMBA newsletter, Amsterdam, April 2011
Dieter Roelstrate, 'On Leaving the Building: Thoughts of the Outside', E-flux Journal 24, New York City, April 2011
Anthony Downey, Camps (or the Precarious Logic of Late Modernity), Filip 13, April 2011
Jacob Wren, 'Une Polemique pour l Art et le Monde,', Inter Art Actuel nr. 107, Montreal, 2011
Oscar Benassini, 'Detras de las Imagene's, La Tempesta nr 76, Mexico DF, March 2011
'Enjoying poverty?, Maria Eriksson Baaz, Erik Pauser, Mats Rosengren & Elin Wikström about Episode III', Ord Bild, nr 1732, Goteborg, 2011

2010

Selected Group Shows

Into the Eye of the Storm, (curated by Chen Tamir), Center for Digital Art, Holon
2nd Antakya Biennale, (curated by Dessislava Dimova) Antakya
The Ethics of the Encounter, Stills Gallery, Edinburg
Monumentalism, (curated by Jelle Bouwhuis), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Antiphotojournalism (curated by Thomas Keenan and Carles Guerra), La Vireinna, Barcelona
The Human Condition, (curated by Adam Budak), Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
6th Berlin Biennial, (curated by Kathrin Rhomberg), Berlin
My War, Edith Russ Haus fir Medienkunst, Oldenburg
All that is Solid Melts into the Air, Museu Coleccao Berardo, (curated by Miguel Amado) Lisbon
And the Moral of the Story is.. (curated by Zoe Grey), Apex Art, NYC
My War, FACT, Liverpool
Self as Dissapearance, Espace d' Art Contemporain La Synagogue de Delme, Delme
Morality, ACT III, And the Moral of the Story is, Witte de With, Rotterdam

Selected Writing

Renzo Martens, 'France Tour-Detour', The best of 2010, Artforum, December, 2010
Renzo Martens, 'Picture Agent', The Last Newspaper, A Lattitudes Project, New Museum, New York, November 2010

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

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

Selected Film Festivals

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

Selected Theatre Festivals

Malta Festival, Poznan
Alkantara Festival, Lisbon

Selected Television Screenings

Episode 3, Norwegian, Estonian, Congolese, Canadian television.

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

'Renzo Martens', Krytyka Polityczna,nr 24 - 25, Warshaw, 2010
Pieter van Bogaert, 'Ongemakkelijk langs de binnenkant, over Renzo Martens' Episode III, Enjoy Poverty', in 'Kunstkritiek', Laurens Dhaenens and Hilde van Gelder, Lannoo Campus, Tielt, 2010
Ruben De Roo, 'Immorality as Ethics: Renzo Martens’ Enjoy Poverty' in 'Art & Activism in the Age of Globalization / Reflect #08,' NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010
Ana Teixeira Pinto,'Reality Bites', Vonhundert, December 2010
John Douglas Millar, 'Watching versus Looking,' Art Monthly, October 2010
Ana Teixeira Pinto, 'Renzo Martens: Love is Colder than Death,' Mousse 25, September 2010
Jonathan Griffin, Atrocity Exhibition, Tank Magazine, August 2010
Jennifer Allen, 'HARK!' Mousse 25, September 2010
Chris Sharp, 'Berlin Biennial,' Art Monthly, July – August 2010
Niels van Tomme, 'Enjoy Poverty: Disclosing the Political Impasse of Contemporary Art,' Art Papers, September 2010
Alexander Scrimgeour, '6th Berlin Biennale,' Artforum, September 2010
Kersin Winking, 'Monumentalism,' (catalogue) Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2010
Kathrin Peters, 'Reality Bites', Texte zur Kunst, September 2010
Kathrin Rhomberg, '6th Berlin Biennial,' (catalogue) KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Adam Budak, 'The Human Condition,' (catalogue) Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
Tina Dicarlo & Khadija Carroll, 'The Action of Seeing,' Kaleidoscope, no. 8, 2010
Chris Sharp, 'Berlin Biennial,' Art Monthly, July-August 2010
'Berlin Biennale', Kunstforum, July 2010
Herien Wensink, 'Biennale Berlijn confronteert kunst met de werkelijkheid,' NRC, July 2010
Raymond van den Boogaard, 'Langzame zegetocht van Enjoy Poverty,' NRC, July 2010

Selected Prizes

Stimulans oor Succesprijs, Nederlands Filmfonds
Flemish Community Culture Prize for Film

2009

Selected Solo Shows

Episode 3, Wilkinson Gallery, London

Selected Group Shows

Recent Acquisitions, De Hallen, Haarlem
Le Temps de la Fin, Espace d' Art Contemporain La Tollerie, Clermond Ferrand
Rien ne va Plus, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
Endurance, Abington Art Center, (curated by Sue Spaid), Philadelphia
Exploring the Age of Repression, Pavilion, Bucharest
Images Recalled, Fotofestival Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg
Monumentalismus, One’s History is Another’s Misery, (curated by Jelle Bouwhuis), Autocenter, Berlin
Until the End of the World, AMP Gallery, Athens

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

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

Selected Film Festivals

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

Selected Theatre Festivals

Theaterfestival, Kaaitheater, Brussels
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels
A Sense of Belonging, Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam

Selected Television Screenings

Episode 3, Dutch television

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Pieter van Bogaert, 'Slechts op de rand van cynisme kan empathie ontstaan,' (H)Art, Brussels
Sacha Bronwasser, 'Nieuw Perspectief,' de Volkskrant
Katerina Gregos, 'Raising the Phantoms of Empire; Post Colonial Discourse in recent Artists' Films', Mousse, no. 22
Pieter Van Bogaert, 'On the outside: Exteriority as Condition for Resistance,' Afterall, no. 23
Esther Ruelfs, Images Recalled, Fotofestival Mannheim (catalogue)
Jos de Putter, Martens: 'briljant filmer of gewetenloze ijdeltuit,' VPRO gids
Paul O’ Kane, ‘Renzo Martens, Episode III.' Third Text, no. 101 London
Max Andrews, 'Big Things: Crunch, Crisis, Change we can believe in,' Karriere, no. 4, 2009
Anthony Downey, 'An Ethics of Engagement, Collaborative Art practices an the return of the Ethnographer,' Third text, no. 100, 2009
Mathieu Chausseron, ‘Renzo Martens,’ Entrismes, Paris, 2009
Gawie Keyser, 'Kunst tegenover lijden', De Groene Amsterdammer, 2009
Johanna Colier, 'The act of watching poor people', Dox Magazine, 2009
Jan Braet, ‘Ik ben niet geschoold in Rebellie’ Knack, Brussels, May 2009
Koen Vidal ‘Afrika, omarm uw armoede’ De Morgen, Brussels, May 2009
Erik Stockman ‘Enjoy Poverty’ Humo, Brussels, May 2009
Dorien Knockaert ‘Armoede bestaat pas als we er een logo op plakken,' De Standaard, May 2009
Pieter Van Bogaert ‘EpisodeIII-Enjoy Poverty’ H art, Brussels April 2009
Jan Antonissen, ‘Enjoy Poverty een gitzwarte Congo-documentaire’ Humo, Brussels April 2009
Dan Fox, ‘Renzo Martens’ Frieze, London, April 2009
John Douglas Millar, ‘The Atrocity Exhibition, Episode III’, Mute, London March 2009
Saskia van der Kroef, ‘Renzo Martens’, Artforum, New York March 2009
Francis Guerin, Renzo Martens Interview, ArtSlant, London, January 2009
Martin Herbert, 'Renzo Martens' in 'Future Greats', ArtReview, London February 2009.
Martin Coomer, 'Renzo Martens,' Big Issue, London 26 Jan 2009.
TJ. Demos ‘Brussels Biennial 1: Re-used Modernity’, Artforum, New York Feb 2009
Jessica Lack, ‘Renzo Martens’, The Guardian Guide, London May 2009
Lillian Davies ‘Renzo Martens’, Artforum, New York Jan 2009

2008

Selected Solo Shows

Episode 3, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Selected Group Shows

To burn oneself with oneself: the Romantic Damage Show, De Appel, Amsterdam
L’Art en Europe, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
Weder Entweder Noch Oder, Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Manifesta 7, Matter of Fact, (curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen) Treviso
Brussel Biennial, (curated by Barbara Vanderlinden) Brussels
Matter of Fact; Aftermath, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

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

Selected Film Festivals

IDFA, (Opening night film) Amsterdam

Selected Television Screenings

Episode 1, Dutch television

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Machteld Leij ‘Uw lijden gezien hebbend maakt mij een beter mens’ Features Expo ART, Brussels, December 2008
Leslie Felperin ‘Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty’ Variety, New York Dec 2008
Dana Linssen ‘Renzo Martens heeft altijd gelijk’ De Filmkrant, Amsterdam, Dec 2008
Mariska Graveland ‘De horzel en de trekvogel’ De Filmkrant, Amsterdam Dec 2008
Belinda van de Graaf ‘Trillende zwarte lichamen’, Trouw, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Harm Ede Botje 'Medeleven is niet genoeg’, Vrij Nederland Amsterdam Nov 2008
Lyra Kilston, ‘Renzo Martens’, Modern Painters, Nov 2008
Bor Beekman ‘Controversiële opening typisch IDFA', de Volkskrant, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Mark Moorman ‘Leve de armoede’, Het Parool, Amsterdam 19/11/2008
Coen van Zwol ‘Armoede levert meer op dan goud’, NRC Handelsblad, Rotterdam Nov 2008
Theodoor Holman ‘Afrika’, Het Parool, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Jorinde Seijdel, ‘NJOY POV RTY’, SMBA Newsletter, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Frank Vande Veire, ‘Une bonne nouvelle’, Notes on Episode III, SMBA, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Jelle Bouwhuis, ‘Renzo Martens – Episode III’, SMBA, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Jan Pieter Ekker ‘Jong, blank en megalomaan’, de Volkskrant, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Bert Mebius, 'Medelijden helpt niet', De groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Femke van Wiggen ‘Malaise en nog eens malaise’ Dagblad de Pers, Nov 2008
Maartje Somers ‘Afrika, tel uit je winst’ NRC Handelsblad CS, Rotterdam Nov 2008
Bor Beekman ‘Afrika door en voor onze ogen’ de Volkskrant, IDFA special, Amsterdam Nov 2008
Domeniek Ruyters ‘Renzo of Guy; Het ware gezicht van Afrika’ Metropolis M, Utrecht, 2008 nr. 3
Mathilde Jansen, ‘Afro-pessimisme minder aanwezig dan gedacht’, NRC, Aug 2008
Sandra Smallenburg, ‘Hip Alternatief voor Afro-pessimisme’, Rotterdam NRC Handelsblad, Aug 2008
Steven van Teeseling a.o., ‘Nieuwe Kunst’, De Groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam, 28 Aug 2008
Bert Mebius, ‘Omarmen op afstand’, De Groene Amsterdammer, Amsterdam, March 2008
Els Roelandt, ‘Renzo Martens, Analasys of a film in three conversations’, A Prior, Ghent, Feb 2008
Harriët Duurvoort, ‘De kunst van het Andere’, NRC Handelsblad, Rotterdam, Feb 2008
Lucette ter Borg, ‘De Allesvernietigende Drift van de Romantiek in de Kunst’, NRC, Feb 2008
Nathalie Hartjes ‘Fatsoen heeft geen waarheid,’ Kunstbeeld NL. Jan 2008

2007

Selected Group Shows

A Picture of War is not War, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Excess, Z’33, Hasselt
Frieze Art Fair, Wilkinson Gallery, Londen

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

A Night with Renzo Martens, (curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen), Platform Garanti, Istanbul

Selected Interviews, Essays, Reviews

Nanda Jansen, ‘De witte redder’, Mister Motley, Amsterdam, 2004
Marina de Vries, ‘Toekomstvisie als luis in pels van maatschappij’, deVolkskrant, March 2007

2006

Selected Group Shows

A Picture of War is not War, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Excess, Z’33, Hasselt
Frieze Art Fair, Wilkinson Gallery, Londen

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

A Night with Renzo Martens, (curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen), Platform Garanti, Istanbul

Mike Naafs, ‘Het is hier onleefbaar’, de Filmkrant, Jan 2006
Lillian Davies, ‘A picture of war is not war’, Artforum, Jan 2006

2005

Selected Solo Shows

Episode 1,Vtape, Toronto 

Selected Group Shows

Inner and Outer Worlds, Argos festival, Argos, Brussels
Soft Target, Basis Actuele Kunst, Utrecht
Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events
Undercurrents, Presentations by Hito Steyerl, Boris Buden, Renzo Martens, Basis Actuele Kunst, Utrecht

2004

Selected Solo Shows

Episode 1, Marres, Maastricht

Selected Group Shows

Plug-In, Futura, Prague
Yugoslav Biennial, Vrsac
Monitoring, Kunstverein Kassel, Kassel

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

Whose story is it? IDFA Masterclass, Amsterdam
Constructing Visions, A Screening and Conversation with Renzo Martens, TENT, Rotterdam
Mediamatic Supersalon, A Conversation with Renzo Martens, Mediamatic, Amsterdam
I Love Video Art, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Srassbourg

Selected Film Festivals

IDFA, Amsterdam
Prizes
Golden Cube, Kassel

2003

Selected Solo Shows

Episode 1, Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam

Selected Group Shows

Urban Dramas, De Singel, Antwerp
Etablissements d’en Face, Brussels
Art Cologne, Galerie Fons Welters, Cologne

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

Blich zum Nachbarn, Kunstfilmbiennale, (curated by Chris Dercon), Cologne

2002

Selected Screenings, Symposia and Events

De Avonden, De Appel, Amsterdam

1999

Selected Solo Shows

Rien ne va plus, de Merodestraat, Brussels