marike schuurman

heatwave, KadS, amsterdam, 2013

Photographer Marike Schuurman beholds the world in an unusual manner. The seemingly abstract elements in her work refer to the world around us. She unravels what she sees and places this in another context.; in doing so she reveals the hidden beauty of the everyday.
The series of photographs entitled ‘Heat Wave’, which Schuurman presents during KadS, form an attentive account of het wanderings through the Schinkel neighbourhood during the hottest week of 2013.



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The axis of the neighbourhood is the Schinkel, a canalised river. Water in all its facets plays a prominent yet not an obvious role in her series of photographs. Such as the cooling of the Zeilbrug (the bridge over the Zeilstraat); a car driving through a puddle of water creating a rainbow; or a floating soap bubble. Without any form of staging Schuurman made photographs in the Schinkel neighbourhood, of which the environment is not always recognisable in the image. The photographs are presented life-size on round, monumental pillars across various locations in the Schinkel neighbourhood, appearing to be three-dimensional as well as an addition to the environment. A number of photographs from the ‘Heat Wave’ series is displayed together in the shop window of the Hema, which will be transformed into the smallest public gallery in the Schinkel neighbourhood.


Marike Schuurman (Groningen, 1964) studies at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has participated in various international artist residencies. Her work is included in the corporate collections of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, the KPN collection and Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin, among others.
Marike Schuurman lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin.