Renzo Martens

  • Renzo Martens
Film director, Producer, Screenwriter, Director of photography (d.o.p.)
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Theater, Cinema/tv, Dance

Renzo Martens, The Netherlands, 1973

1991-1992 Political Sciences, University Nijmegen
1992-1993 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent
1993-1996 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
1999-2000 Free Universty, Brussels
2010 ISCP, New York
2010-Phd Researcher, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent

Selected Solo Shows
2011 Episode 3, Kunsthalle Goteborg
2009 Episode 3, Wilkinson Gallery, London
2008 Episode 3, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2005 Episode 1,Vtape, Toronto
2004 Episode 1, Marres, Maastricht
2003 Episode 1, Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam
1999 Rien ne va plus, de Merodestraat, Brussels

Selected Group Shows

Auditorium Moscow. A Sketch for a Public Space (Ekaterina Degot, Joanna Mytkowska, David Riff) Moscow Biennial
Le Peuple qui Manque, Le Bal/ Cinema des Cineastes, 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

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

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

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

Nothing Else Matters, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem
Brave New World, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
Speakers, Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels
Modern Solitude, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam
Bare Life, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem

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

Inner and Outer Worlds, Argos festival, Argos, Brussels
Soft Target, Basis Actuele Kunst, Utrecht

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

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

Selected Publications

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

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

Renzo Martens, ‘De schande van de omkering', Metropolis M, Utrecht, 2004
Renzo Martens, ‘Laf- en luiheid', Vrij Nederland, 2004

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

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

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

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

Magazines Project by Metropolis M, Screening of'Fragments of Episode 3', Documenta XII, Kassel

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

Undercurrents, Presentations by Hito Steyerl, Boris Buden, Renzo Martens, Basis Actuele Kunst, Utrecht

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

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

De Avonden, De Appel, Amsterdam

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

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

IDFA, (Opening night film) Amsterdam

IDFA, Amsterdam

Selected Theatre Festivals

Malta Festival, Poznan
Alkantara Festival, Lisbon

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

Selected Television Screenings

2011 Episode 3, German, Swedish, Swiss, Austrian, Finnish, Belgian, Israeli public television

2010 Episode 3, Norwegian, Polish, Estonian and Canadian public television.

2009 Episode 3, Dutch public television

2008 Episode 1, Dutch public television


Prix Ruban Canards, RIDM, Montreal
Flemish Culture Prize for Film, Brussels
Stimulus Award, Dutch Filmfund, Amsterdam

Golden Cube, Kassel


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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