Marike Schuurman has always understood photography as an adequate process for transcending reality. She visits all sorts of places, observes patiently, and discovers details that elude modern people due to a long-internalised visual self-protection.
Schuurman’s approach seems like the careful unfolding of a temporal map, on which unknown small creeks, estuaries and islands of time are marked. Marike Schuurman does not stage anything, she finds things. Her vision wrenches from reality its hidden surrealities, and captures them. The results are sometimes revealing, sometimes extremely poetic, but above all brilliantly composed.
Marike Schuurman was born in 1964 in Groningen, Netherlands. She studied at the Vrije Academie in Den Haag, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldene Kunsten in Amsterdam. Schuurman has received numerous fellowships and was artist in residence in Finnland, Berlin, Beijing, and Brazil. Her works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and are represented in numerous collections, among them the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Den Haag, NL, the KPN Collection, Den Haag, NL, and Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin. Marike Schuurman lives in Berlin.