Marike Schuurman is an artist-photographer born in Groningen, The Netherlands. She studied photography at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where she got her BFA in 1998, immediately followed by a two year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
In 2003, she got a stipendium from the Dutch Fonds BKVB (Mondriaanfund) for a one-year residency at Künstlerhaus Bethaniën in Berlin; in 2008 for a 6-months residency in Beijing, China and in 2009 for a residency in São Paulo, Brazil.
Her work is exhibited a.o. in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, FOAM, Amsterdam, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Helmhaus Zürich, Switzerland and
KINDL, Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
Her work is part of collections such as Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and KPN, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Since 2003, she lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.
'The photoworks of Marike Schuurman emerge as a kind of research of man-made spaces and landscapes. Schuurmans approach may be called documentary, with a preference for absurd phenomena of reality , whereby the final photos often detach from the documentary .
Photography as creation through light; as a witness of transience of a short exposed reality, and as an extra eye on the world, one which reveals things that the ordinary eye does not, or can not perceive.'
© Anne Ethelberg