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 work of Marike Schuurman explores the ambiguity of human-made spaces and landscapes, as well as of the media of photography in which she works. While Schuurman’s approach can be described as documentary – her subjects are usually bound to a certain location, often as curious phenomenons of this site-specific reality – the final images leave the realm of the documentary, moving towards a conceptual and sensory contemplation on what we see when we look at a photograph and what was there to begin with.’
© Anne Ethelberg