Amsterdam Light Festival, The Netherlands

City Camouflage
Light Installation
30 November 2023 - January 20 2024

I am delighted to invite you to view my site-specific installation 'City Camouflage' at Herengracht 410, near Leidsestraat.
Each winter, the Amsterdam Light Festival presents a new edition with 20 specially-created artworks. You can enjoy these by a scenic boat tour or a walk along the canals.
For 'City Camouflage', I captured daytime details of this location. Back in my studio, these six prints were transformed into collages, melding textures, colors, and forms – the very skin of the city. By night, these photos morph into monumental images, casting a surreal layer over our reality, challenging your perception of the city. And beneath it all, a mysterious orange layer beckons - are we living in an immense collage?

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Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York, USA

Radical intervention

Exhibition and Installation
By Marleen Sleeuwits and Julie Boserup
23 September - 4 November 2023

For this exhibition, I am crafting a large site-specific installation on the ground floor, a construction that winds its way through the gallery. This installation, adorned with mirrors on two walls, the ceiling, and one side of the structure, will play with perceptions, doubling and repeating in myriad ways. It promises an experience akin to a maze, where you transition from one sensory delight to another, momentarily detaching from the outside world.
In addition to this, I will also be showcasing a selection of my older works and an entirely new series. On the first floor, the Danish artist, Julie Boserup, will present her installation. Like me, Boserup often creates spatial site-specific installations exploring architectural possibilities. The parallels between our works are evident, yet our styles completely unique.


IN SITU, Centre Photograpique Rouen Normandie, France

IN SITU brings together a selection of works I have produced over the last ten years, with an array of new works from my recent residency in Rouen.
During my residency in Rouen, I was deeply inspired by the Seine stone and its profound influence on the region, from the caves lining the river to the majestic Gothic architecture. This fascination led to a series of mouldings and on-site shots. Back at my studio, these initial inspirations transformed into 3-D prints, models, and digital montages.
I am very grateful this residency and exhibition has received support from the Mondriaan Fund and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in France, as well as logistical support from the Métropole Rouen Normandie, the Culture and Built Heritage departments of the City of Rouen, the Giordani restoration workshop in Rouen and the Sainte-Barbe troglodytic convent association.

Vernisage: Friday 15 September 6pm, in the presence of the artist

Artist talk: Saturday 16 September, 4pm

Guided tours:
Saturday 7 October, 4pm
Thursday 16 November, 7pm
Tuesday 13 December, 12:30pm
Saturday 16 December, 4pm

Workshop for children: 5/10 years with Sophie Grassart Sunday 17 September, 2.30pm

Lecture: Photography beyond the image with Michel Poivert Tuesday 5 December, 7pm

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Blow Up Art, Den Haag

BlowUp Art, Den Haag
Site specific installations in the city centre of The Hague
September 24 till October 13

Other participating artist are
Steve Messam, Adrianus Kundert, Ludmila Rodrigues + Mike Rijnierse and Larissa Ambachtsheer.

Each artist made a new site specific art work, all using air as a tool for creating larger-than-life sculptures!
My work, consisting of seven, four meter high pillars, will be placed in front of de Koninklijke Schouwburg

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Prelude at De Grafische Werkplaats

Grafische Werkplaats, Den Haag, NL
Group exhibition: Prelude
September 9 till November 6, 2022

Prelude shows designs, sketches and experiments by artists from The Hague who worked for a period in the Grafische Werkplaats in museum Escher in Het Paleis. They screen-printed, etched, lithographed or used graphics in an unconventional way. They did this on the basis of the theme of Royal Encounters. In honor of the 2022 Graphic Triennial, Escher in Het Paleis invited ten artists from The Hague to take inspiration from Lange Voorhout Palace and its main resident, Queen Mother Emma. The selected artists usually create work from a variety of disciplines, from large architectural installations to photography. In this exhibition they are challenged to step outside their comfort zone by creating new graphic work The final works of art can be seen in the exhibition Royal Encounters in the museum. The Grafische Werkplaats explains the quest of the artists by showing the preliminary studies, with which they arrived at their final work of art Prelude is a collaboration with museum Escher in Het Paleis

Extra open: HOOGTIJ#70 7-11 PM and Open Ateliers Sat. and Sun. 1 and 2 Oct. (1-6 pm)

Unseen 2022 solo-presentation for gallery Bart


Connection at Gallery Bart

Group exhibition
September 2 till October 22, 2022

It is with great pleasure that Galerie Bart is opening the group exhibition Connection at the beginning of the new gallery season. The European Commission has designated 2022 as the European Year of Youth, emphasising the importance of the youth of Europe in achieving global improvements for us all. It is certainly no empty phrase: ‘Investing in the youth is investing in the future.’ Because of the impact that the last few years have had on young people, such as the pandemic, the climate crisis and the housing crisis, the EU has decided to make youth issues a priority and to work towards improving prospects for the future. Inspired by this topic, we would like to make a contribution by giving more visibility to the work of young artists. We have therefore asked ten artists that we work to each invite one young artist between the age of 15 and 29. Each artist will exhibit one work, resulting in an exhibition of 20 works of art. Although the artists work in a variety of disciplines, a common theme in their work can be identified by chance (or perhaps not?). In one way or another, all of them are exploring connections, and in particular connections at the human level: the connection between humans and their environment, the interconnection between humans, or even a connection with the self.

The participating artists are as follows:
Abul Hisham, who invited Tewa Barnosa
Adonis Stoantzikis, who invited Anna Samara
Britte Koolen, who invited Emmie Liebregts
Femke Dekkers, who invited Oliver Otten
Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia, who invited Tesprit
Kuno Grommers, who invited Thomas Klein Horsman
Marleen Sleeuwits, who invited Annebel Bruschinski
Tamara Muller, who invited Emily Kümmeler
Tim Wunderink, who invited Daan Russcher
Wim Jacobs, who invited Anne-Joëlle Jacobs


Royal Encounters at Museum Escher

Escher in het Paleis, Den Haag, NL
Group exhibition: Koninklijke ontmoetingen
September 8 till November 6, 2022

Escher in The Palace is set to host a royal encounter this autumn. The work of 10 artists based in The Hague will be on display as part of the Royal Encounters exhibition, a dialogue between tradition and experimentation, between past and present. Escher in The Palace invited the artists to produce new graphic work, drawing inspiration from Lange Voorhout Palace and its principal resident, Queen Mother Emma. The artists were challenged to step outside their comfort zone for this exhibition, as they are ordinarily engaged in a wide array of different disciplines, from major architectural installations to photography. Their innovative approach is yielding a colourful palette of artworks. A kaleidoscopic perspective on history which shows that graphic art is more than two-dimensional work on paper. From an imprinted robe to a silk screen window to a golden etching: the possibilities of the graphic medium are endless.

Other participating artists are:
Ai Hashimoto
Arike Gill
Hanna de Haan
Koos Breen
Lotte van Lieshout
Nynke Koster
Thijs Ebbe Fokkens
Yaïr Callender
Zeger Reyers

Amongst Clashing Colors

Gallery Bart, Amsterdam

duo exhibition

Marleen Sleeuwits & Harry Markusse

16.10.2021 till 20.11.2021
‘Amongst Clashing Colours’ depicts a clashing of two worlds: those of Dutch artists, Marleen Sleeuwits and Harry Markusse. The two have a vibrant colour palette in common and this colour-power is what binds them together in this dual exhibition. Visitors are gradually introduced to the eclectic tension at play between the photography of Marleen and the paintings of Harry.Multi-disciplinary artist, Marleen Sleeuwits has a keen eye for the disconcerting quality of seemingly mundane, everyday spaces. Central to her work is the examination of impersonal environments. Marleen’s artistic practice gradually evolved from photographing these spaces to intervening with them. In recent works, she has increasingly blurred the line between the 2D photo and spatial art, with the result of calling into question the visual aspect of reality. At first glance Marleen’s spatial creations seem to diverge from Harry Markusse’s two-dimensional art. But appearances can be deceptive.The abstract and fundamentally minimalistic paintings of Harry Markusse revolve around colour, form and movement. His work surpasses the confines of the traditional canvas. Harry does not delineate in his painting practice: murals are combined with existing paintings, and even with other disciplines, such as graphics. Last year, Harry was offered residencies at Leipzig International Art Programme and Livingstone Gallery in Berlin. This afforded him the time and space to experiment further with his painting. A quest for the boundless and the endless is tangible in his works.Despite their differing treatments of space, the two artists converge when it comes to 3D. Specially for the dual exhibition ‘Amongst Clashing Colours’, these artists are creating in-situ works that build on one another’s artistic talents and bypass ‘the clash’.

Folly Factory
Duo installation with Cindy Bakker at
Expo Bart Nijmegen
5/6/21 till 15/7/21

The Honig complex in Nijmegen breathes industrial history, you can even smell the stock cubes. What would the factory look like if it was still in use? With a shared fascination for "assembly line aesthetics",  Cindy and I let our imagination run wild and shape an imaginary factory in the year 2021 in the Expo Bart project space.  

On Sunday July 11 at 15:00 Cindy and me invited Henk Termeer for an informal but informative lecture. Henk is a historian who researched seven unsolved poison attacks on foreman in the Honig Factory in 1943 and 1944. We feel he will bring back the atmosphere of the factory by telling about his interesting research. You can make a reservation for a seat at


Site specific installation / Solo exhibition

Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

18/1/21 till 8/8/21

Am I looking at a photographic print, or is this part of the building? The installations of Marleen Sleeuwits (1980) blur the dividing lines between fiction and reality. Aided by bright neon lights, foil, photographic prints, and mirrors, she plays with perspective, reflection, and scale in architectural spaces. Examples of this are windows that continue beyond the ceiling, or the repetition of architectural details. It is her intention to temporarily alienate the visitors from their sense of time and location. Sleeuwits will be transforming the display window along the ramp into a spatial optical illusion for Kunsthal Light #24. She is inspired by the Kunsthal architecture that in her view contains elements of beauty and disorientation.


‘Kunsthal Light’ is the Kunsthal’s talent development programme. Since 2011, this exhibition programme has been especially focusing on young artist who are capable of making 'a grand gesture' in an original and artistic way. Three times a year, the Kunsthal places HALL 6 (the over 25-meter-long display window along the ramp) at the disposal of an artist who is given free rein to make a site-specific work. In 2020, Kunsthal Light is also made possible by the Mondriaan Fund.

Dropped ceiling

Site specific installation 

Group-exhibition: Mind the Gap 

Museum fur Konkrete Kunst 

Ingolstadt, Germany

6/9/20 till 11/4/21

Zwölf zeitgenössische Künstler*innen aus ganz Europa haben ortsspezifische Kunstwerke für das markante Museumsgebäude in der ehemaligen Donaukaserne entwickelt. Im Mittelpunkt der Ausstellung steht der Museumsraum mit seinen spezifischen Eigenschaften. Die von den Künstler*innen entworfenen begehbaren Installationen und Raumkonstruktionen knüpfen an die gegebene Architektur an. In einer gegenstandslosen Formsprache setzten sie sich, auf unterschiedliche Weise, mit dieser auseinander.

Die Künstler*innen erobern den Raum und modellieren ihn neu. Sie greifen die Architektur auf, deuten sie um und nehmen Elemente dieser als Inspirationsquelle und Ausgangspunkt für die einmaligen Installationen. So verschmelzen Kunst und Ausstellungsraum zu einer Einheit.

Mit der Ausstellung wird Abschied von dem langjährigen Standort in der Tränktorstraße genommen, bevor das Museum in seinen Neubau auf dem ehemaligen Gießereigelände zieht. Mind the Gap! repräsentiert den Übergang zwischen Bekanntem zu Unbekanntem. Damit ist das alte Gebäude im neuen Look genauso gemeint wie der Umzug in den Neubau. Die Erlebnisräume geben ein Vorgeschmack auf das, was die Besucher*innen im neuen MKKD erwartet: ein Raum für Kreativität und Innovation.


As far as the eye can see

Group-exhibition at Uncloud Festival 

8/2/20 till 16/2/20


Gansstraat 164, Utrecht

With Marleen Sleeuwits, what you see is not what you think. For years, she has been carefully photographing empty 'non-spaces', places without their own identity, such as airports and office buildings. For her, photography is not an instrument for the artist to portray reality, but for spatial research and illusionary imagination. The lighting, colors and physical interventions that the artist takes make her spaces look unreal and almost extraterrestrial.

Sleeuwits plays a game with the way in which photography builds a bridge, or creates a contradiction, between the depicted place and that in which the viewer is. It creates an alienating effect by fiddling with the perception of time, scale, place and event, which no longer seem to exist as a unity. Because of its architectural approach with grids, structures and geometric shapes, the space almost becomes a virtual "mindfuck", in which real and unreal can no longer be distinguished.For the Unshaping exhibition, Sleeuwits is developing a new site-specific installation.


Laying Bare

Solo at Gallery Bart

6/9/19 till 19/10/19


Elandsgracht 16
1016 TW Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+ 31 20 320 62 08


Exhibition text – Laying Bare

She twists perceivable reality, plays with scale and creates optical illusions. Marleen Sleeuwits (b. 1980, Enschede, NL) has a special eye for the alienating quality of seemingly nondescript spaces. Whereas she initially took photographs of such spaces, she gradually began to put her own stamp on them. “I started to change the places I picked out. First by making small interventions, but they became more and more extreme.” For example, she stapled paper towels onto walls, covering them entirely, or bored 3000 holes in a modular ceiling in order to completely transform the space. Since her emergence from behind the camera, she alternatingly assumes the role of photographer, sculptor, architect or painter.

Until recently, she added layers to a space or peeled them off in order to discover what was behind a wall or ceiling. Now, Sleeuwits is increasingly reusing the inherent characteristics of a place – a new step, which sounds minimalistic but by no means implies a simplification of the image. More than ever, her work exhibits a complex kind of Droste effect: elements are photographed and put back into a space in order to be subsequently photographed again. This emphasis on the recognizable is precisely what evokes a sense of alienation: when the pattern of the floor repeats itself on the wall, and real florescent lights as well as their life-sized images are on the ceiling, it does something crazy to your perception.

”My photos aren’t a window onto a world that you step into as a viewer. It’s sooner the other way around: the other world comes to you and takes over without being asked.” As such, Sleeuwits is exploring the boundaries between two- and three-dimensionality. Whereas a spatial object gains a certain flatness, the flat surface of the photograph assumes greater form. “For me, it’s all about translating space into photography. I open up spaces, lay them bare, filet them even. By continually picking out one element, which I then investigate, I plumb their depths bit by bit.” That investigative aspect also takes hold of the viewer. By scanning the artist’s work, looking for clues, you think you understand it – only to once again become completely lost in dizzying, repetitive inversions.

Healing Light

Group-exhibition at LUMC Gallery 
Leiden, The Netherlands
14/2/19 till 19/5/19

Samen met 
roos van Haaften, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Gabriel lester, Jacco Olivier, rafaël rozendaal, Femke Schaap, Marleen Sleeuwits, Henk Stallinga

Out of Office

Group-exhibtion at Museum Singer Laren

Laren, The Netherlands

11/12/18 till 7/4/19

Out of Office. Kunstschatten uit bedrijven

Een overzicht van 75 jaar Nederlandse kunst

Ruim 150 zelden getoonde kunstwerken uit diverse Nederlandse bedrijfscollecties verruilen hun vertrouwde plek in kantoren en bedrijven voor een plaats in het museum.

Onder de titel Out of Office. Kunstschatten uit bedrijven, biedt Singer Laren in samenwerking met de Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN) t/m 7 april met ruim 150 topkunstwerken een verrassend overzicht van 75 jaar Nederlandse kunst. 



Solo at Gallery FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph

31/1/19 till 2/3/19



10117 BERLIN



Group exhibition 'Architectural Healing' at De koepel, Haarlem


De Koepel, Harmejansweg 1, Haarlem,
6 Oktober - 11 November, 2018,
OPENING: 5 Oktober, 5 - 8 pm,
VISIT: op zaterdagen (1 - 8 pm) en zondagen 1 - 6 pm), entreeprijs: € 7,50.

De Koepel van Haarlem is van 6 Oktober tm 11 November 2018 het sublieme decor van de expositie ‘ARCHITECTURAL HEALING’. De in 1901 op basis van het ‘panopticum-principe’ gebouwde Koepelgevangenis heeft een bewogen geschiedenis. Het verleden is zichtbaar aanwezig in de vorm van de tralies, graffiti en zware stalen deuren, maar ook ‘onzichtbaar’ in de sfeer van wanhoop, agressie en controle die in het complex nog steeds voelbaar is. Het is voor een duurzame ontwikkeling van De Koepel belangrijk dat traumatische herinneringen en littekens uit het verleden goed worden verwerkt. Om de renovatie en herontwikkeling van De Koepel met een flinke knal in gang te zetten organiseert Cityscapes Foundation, samen met de eigenaar van het gebouw Stichting Panopticon, kunstmanifestatie OPEN DE KOEPEL - ARCHITECTURAL HEALING. Kunstenaars met diverse achtergronden zijn gevraagd om zich in te leven in de voormalige Koepelgevangenis en kunstwerken te presenteren en performances uit te voeren die een bijzonder licht schijnen op heden, verleden en toekomst van De Koepel.

Deelnemende kunstenaars zijn ondermeer: Frederique Albert-Bordenave, Ivo Bol, Marissa Evers, Gijs Frieling, Allard van Hoorn, Hans van Houwelingen, Job Koelewijn, Charlotte Koenen, Krijn de Koning, Jeroen Kramer, Alexa Meyerman, Semna van Ooy, Anastasija Pandilovska, Marc Ruygrok, Marleen Sleeuwits, Sandro Setola, Agniet Snoep, Jean Marc Spaans, Studio LA, Marjan Teeuwen, Dickens van der Werff, Peter Zegveld.

Solo exhibition 'NOT the Actual Site' at 38CC, Delft, The Netherlands

NOT the Actual Site in 38CC 

Solotentoonstelling Marleen Sleeuwits
2 september t/m 21 oktober 2018

Expositieruimte 38CC
Hooikade 13
2627AB Delft

Finissage zondag 21 oktober om 16 uur met lezing Marleen Sleeuwits

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Dagelijks komen we ze tegen. Ruimtes die zo weinig eigenheid hebben, dat ze inwisselbaar zijn of zelfs onopgemerkt blijven. Zulke non-descripte ruimtes vind je in kantoorpanden, in ziekenhuizen, in de verlaten gangen van een hotel of op een vliegveld. Marleen Sleeuwits is al zo’n tien jaar gefascineerd door dergelijke ruimtes. Ze legt ze vast op foto, deconstrueert ze als beeldhouwer en zet met bestaande fotowerken en sculpturen een nieuwe ruimte naar haar hand. Zo ook met haar solo bij expositieruimte 38CC: Not the Actual Site. De vervreemding die door haar ingrepen ontstaat, maakt dat de toeschouwer opnieuw gaat kijken. Plaats en ruimte krijgen daarbij een andere dimensie.

Marleen Sleeuwits (1980) legt sinds 2005 even ondefinieerbare als identiteitsloze (kantoor)ruimtes op foto vast. Daarmee krijgt ze rond 2012 landelijke bekendheid. Op die foto’s is bijvoorbeeld het plafond steeds minder vaak plafond, maar een geometrisch vlak in een compositie. Hetzelfde geldt voor een toevallig aanwezig gordijn of stopcontact. Sleeuwits streeft naar volledige functieloosheid en anonimiteit. Doordat ons oog en ons brein geen grip krijgt op de ruimte die Sleeuwits ons voorschotelt, bekruipt je al gauw een gevoel van onbehagen en onbegrip. De afwezigheid van mensen versterkt dat gevoel, want nergens wordt duidelijk welke schaal haar gefotografeerde ruimtes hebben.
In 2011 zet Sleeuwits de stap om zelf anonieme ruimtes te gaan bouwen. Als beeldhouwer. In eerste instantie trekt ze het behang van de muur om te kijken wat daarachter zit. Aan de uit elkaar gehaalde ruimte voegt ze vervolgens eigen materiaal toe: bergen tissues, stapels Tl-buizen, glinsterend folie. Zo creëert ze een nieuwe omgeving die vervreemdend werkt. Van die nieuwe ruimtes, maakt ze opnieuw foto’s. De laatste jaren bouwt ze plekgebonden installaties met behulp van bestaande fotowerken. Daar voegt ze weer nieuwe ingrepen aan toe. Zodanig dat er een onontwarbare opeenstapeling ontstaat, die uitnodigend is zonder dat je de ruimte daadwerkelijk kan (be)vatten.

Voor de tentoonstelling NOT the Actual Site bij 38CC bouwt Sleeuwits met bestaande werken en nieuwe toevoegingen een installatie die is toegesneden op de expositieruimte. Ze verwerkt onder meer foto’s van de vloer van 38CC in omhulsels voor de twee pilaren. In de kluis is het plafond met de TL-buizen het uitgangspunt voor een ruimtelijke ingreep. Sleeuwist doet dat zodanig dat de bestaande architectuur iedere keer naadloos doorloopt in de fotowerken en objecten. Telkens ontstaat er een nieuwe, even vreemde als intrigerende werkelijkheid: NOT the Actual Site.

Solo exhibition 'NOT the Actual Site' at Contact Photo Festival

Not The Actual Site

Presented in partnership with Brookfield Place

Supported by the Mondriaan Fund

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein

Brookfield Place Allan Lambert Galleria
181 Bay St, Toronto, Canada

April 30 – June 1 2018

14 inkjet prints, dimensions variable

Marleen Sleeuwits is inspired by impersonal environments—places that could be anywhere and nowhere—such as vacant zones in airports, unoccupied corridors of hotels, and empty rooms in office buildings. The Netherlands-based artist is attracted to these non-spaces for the lack of impression they leave on people; her work focuses on finding ways of visualizing the identity of these voids and connecting to them in novel ways. Through structural contradiction, illusion, and the manipulation of scale, she aims to transform viewers’ awareness of their surroundings.
Primarily working within abandoned office spaces, her process involves stripping the rooms down to their individual components, laying bare the layers found beneath the surfaces. She then re-assembles the room using materials found on-site, such as fluorescent tubes, paper towels, laminate, and tape, by adapting techniques of sculpture, painting and drawing. Experimenting with the variability of the commonplace substances she finds, Sleeuwits creates contradictions of spatial orientation, and then photographs the end results. Her compositions obscure a given room’s anatomy, yet she deliberately incorporates small clues that ground her works in reality; an electrical socket, for example, provides a subtle indication of scale that is otherwise difficult to comprehend, and close inspection reveals sheets of insulation, pieces of ceiling, and sparkling foam rubber.
In this site-specific installation at Brookfield Place, Sleeuwits combines her recent photographs with new images taken of the Galleria floor located precisely where these illusory compositions stand. Presented on freestanding walls positioned at either end of the Allen Lambert Galleria’s expansive thoroughfare, these images of architectural transformations reference the generic spaces endemic to office complexes yet offer something much more complex, puzzling and extraordinary. Her intervention alters the way that viewers navigate this wide-open passageway, adjusting scale to one that is surprisingly intimate. Heightening awareness of space and place, Sleeuwits provides the opportunity to pause and reconsider the hidden potential of office environments.

Solo exhibition 'NOT the Actual Site' at LhGWR

NOT the Actual Site
Stationsweg 137 in The Hague,NL

18 November 2017 - 20 January 2018
Opening Saturday 18 November at 15.00 

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 A new site-specific installation in which photographic and sculptural works come together.

 Marleen Sleeuwits is known for her photo works of constructed spaces that are recognizable by their time and placelessness. Through all the physical reconstructions and alterations of the skin of the rooms she leads the spectator to a more spiritual or psychic perception of space. Numerous transformations of one and the same space provide different perspectives and experiences of space and expose its true potential.
 In recent years Marleen started to leave behind the use of her camera . The deformations and reconstructions have been further developed into sculptural works with their own power of expression. The space and, in particular, the skin of a space remains the starting point of the works, but is increasingly fragmented. By presenting the components together again a new layered installation is constructed. In the installation, originals, edits, reconstructions and new photographic interpretations are brought together into a new whole.

Apprentice Master #11 Marleen Sleeuwits

Apprentice Master exhibition #11:
17 mrt - 2 april 2017
OPENING Friday 17 March 19h30

at Kunstpodium T in Tilburg More info at

Marleen Sleeuwits (Master), Maureen Jonker (HKU), Machteld Steukers (SASK) and Bente Langendijk (HKU)

The exhibition 'OVERLAP' consist of four duo-presentations in which the different spaces of Kunstpodium T have been transformed into surreal environments. The four artist are all intrigued by contemporary and inexpensive materials like false ceilings, drain pipes or styrofoam. These materials form the basis of the site specific interventions. They create new perspectives on how to perceive the original space. Reality, fiction and copy all merge together just like it does in the work of all four artists.

The Apprentice Master project of Kunstpodium T connects graduating talented artists from eleven European art academies to inspiring contemporary artists. They work together, exchange knowledge and experience and exhibit together in a series of exhibitions.
The ninth edition of the Apprentice Master project 2016-2017 of Kunstpodium T consists of 64 young artists from 11 European art academies, 20 experienced contemporary artists exhibit together in a series of 20 exhibitions in 7 locations. 


Levallois Photography Prize, France

Special mention for the Levalois Photography Prize, France
4.10. - 16.11.2013

Website Prix levallois

Exhibition together with
Max Pinckers and Jonna Kina

The Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Exhibition Wit
14.9.2013 till 5.1.2014

Het Nederlands Fotomuseum kleurt WIT! Van 14 september 2013 tot en met 5 januari 2014 presenteert het museum de tentoonstelling WIT | FOTOGRAFIE, KUNST, DESIGN, MODE, FILM. In deze tentoonstelling is bestaand en nieuw werk te zien van nationaal en internationaal talent, gevestigde en opkomende kunstenaars. De tentoonstelling WIT is een totaalervaring met fotografie als leidraad. Wit staat voor een nieuw begin, een onbeschreven blad.

Deze kleur vormt het uitgangspunt voor een veelzijdige tentoonstelling waarin het publiek in aanraking komt met verschillende betekenissen van wit. WIT is multidisciplinair, presenteert documentaire-, portret- en landschapsfotografie, maar ook kunst, mode, design, architectuur, film, video en meer. WIT gaat over onze maatschappij, over verschillende culturen, religie en politiek. WIT is historisch en eigentijds; een ontdekkingstocht langs verhalen en belevenissen vol met tegenstellingen tussen licht en donker, open en dicht, leven en dood. WIT toont de relatie tussen fotografie als kunstvorm en actuele maatschappelijke thema’s, alsook de wisselwerking tussen de eigen collectie, bijzondere bruikleenstukken en unieke werken in opdracht. WIT is samengesteld door Anne van der Zwaag, curator en publicist op het gebied van kunst, design, mode, fotografie en kleur!


MKgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Exhibition Transformations; 
- Metamorphosis
- Changes
- Recreations
25.3 - 26.4. 2009

Group-exhibition with

Wim Bosch
Jan van Nuenen
Pim Palsgraaf
Danwen Xing


Hyères International Festival of Photography, France

The 29th Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival
25.4 - 23.5.2014

Hyères Photography Festivals' webite

Anna Grzelewska, Poland
Osma Harvilahti, Finland
Arnaud Lajeunie, France
Orianne Lopes, France
Birthe Piontek, Germany / Canada
Virginie Rebetez, Switzerland
Marie Rime, Switzerland
Marleen Sleeuwits, Netherlands
Charlotte Tanguy, France
Lorenzo Vitturi, Italie / United Kingdom


Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Danger & Beauty
Turner and the tradition of the sublime

Gevaar & Schoonheid.
Turner en de traditie van het sublieme
05.09. - 03.01.2016

Museum de Fundatie website

The Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle and Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede will collaborate with Tate Britain on the dual exhibition Danger & Beauty – Turner and the tradition of the sublime. Turner is to Britain what Rembrandt is for the Netherlands. His work is only very rarely exhibited in the Netherlands. The dual exhibition in Enschede and Zwolle presents more than 50 paintings and watercolours by Turner in the context of European art history, from the late Middle Ages to the present, with works by Aelbert Cuyp, Claude Lorrain, Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Armando, Gerhard Richter and many others.

Belo Horizonte International Photography Festival, Brazil

Museu Mineiro
12.7. - 23.8.2013

FIF website

The first Belo Horizonte International Photography Festival (FIF-BH) has the purpose of, for the duration of a month, turn the city into a meeting center for debates and reflections on the photographic production in Brazil and the rest of the world, by means of lectures, exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviewing sessions, projections on the city and a Photographic Marathon.

The event will gather important Brazilian and foreign thinkers and producers to the city, who are to develop all the activities which comprise the Festival, so as to build a space dedicated to reviewing and understanding this intense process of production, distribution and consumption of images, through a consistent reflection on photography and images in the world today

Jeonju Photofestival, South Korea

Tranquil Dynamism
고요한 역동:
Photography that captures space and architecture
24.4. - 6.5.2010

Jeonju Photo festival website

Re-presenting the very landscape and space you pass by every day by framing them through a lens, reveals the tranquillity, hidden behind frozen time and space. The tranquil nature existing within frozen time and space enlivens an emotion attached to it; dynamism once existed in architecture by housing human activities is transformed into tranquillity, yet, it invigoratingly blooms the flower called emotion. This animated emotion creates dynamism within tranquillity. Photo taker’s intention, either to document the architecture/space or emotion attached to architecture/space is dissociated by the viewers, and each and every viewer re-associates frozen time and space they see with their own collective memory. This whole process generates dynamism; the dichotomy between photo-takers and viewers embodies tranquil dynamism by an interaction.

The intention of the exhibition ‘Tranquil Dynamism,’ is to bestow an additional layer onto, already-known, dichotomy between the occidental and oriental, or Europe and Korea; photo takers and viewers. By introducing the imagery in which seemed to be familiar for one party to the other whom they have the different perception based on geographical and cultural upbringing, I would like the parties to exploit the differences between the two by oscillating intention and translation. Specifically with this exhibition, the two parties are the ones who live in Jeonju and who do not, and the other pair would be European photographer and Korean viewers.

Participating artist,

Lucie and Simon, France
David Picchiottino, France
Marleen Sleeuwits, the Netherlands
Stephan Zirwes, Germany
Guy Archard, UK
Filip Dujardin, Belgium
Marcin Sacha, Poland
Jose Javier Serrano, Spain  


Paleis Soestdijk, The Netherlands

Curated by Anne van der Zwaag
25.6  till 25.09.2016

Paleis Soestdijk website

This summer I was commissioned to make a site specific work for the Royal Palace Soestdijk. The now empty palace has a rich history with colourful residents like Napoleon, Queen Mary and Prince Bernard.

Soestdijk was the Palace where Queen Juliana of the Netherlands lived who reigned till 1980. Before her Soestdijk was the home of previous Dutch Kings and Queens. After the summer of 2016 the Palace will get another function. To celebrate a last time in the Palace the summer exhibition BAL! was set up hosting over 40 installations of dutch artists, photograpers & designers.

For this group exhibition I'm creating my own version of the French formal garden which was once there. It's interesting to me the original garden was in essence two-dimensional with the intention only to be viewed from a particular elevated point. Though also very different, the link with my own work is quite evident as I also try to convey both space and flatness, flipping between one and the other like an optical illusion.


Punt WG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Curved side down
Marleen Sleeuwits en Femke Dekkers
Curator: Radek Vana
14.9 till 9.10.2016

Punt WG website

A unique collaboration project of two established young artists working with photography. Both Marleen Sleeuwits and Femke Dekkers transform interior spaces in order to lift these out of the everyday grayness and functionality. Curved side down will be opened during West Wednesdays.

The work of Sleeuwits and Dekkers creates on the one hand a confusing shift of perspective from space to photography and from photography to painting (Dekkers) and on the other hand a dazzling flattened experience in which a three dimensional space almost disappears (Sleeuwits).

For puntWG Sleeuwits and Dekkers have developed an installation using the architecture of the exhibition space as a starting point. This elaborate construction initially filled the space completely, only to be dismantled after having been photographed. However, an almost life size print of the temporary construction is presented in this very space.

A strange Droste-effect, a ghost space in which the boundaries between architecture and photography, colour and colourless, real and fictitious, below and above and between Dekkers and Sleeuwits seem to have been abandoned.

There will be an artist talk on the 24th of September at 17.00 o'clock with Marleen Sleeuwits en Femke Dekkers.

The exhibition has been partly funded by Gallery Bart, AFK and Stroom Den Haag.


Diehl Cube, Berlin, Germany

as part of Prime Time: Archetypes of abstraction in photography
Curated by Ralf Hanselle
24.6 till 10.9.2016

Diehl Cube website

Other participating artist:
Richard Caldicott and
Luuk de Haan

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue that can be ordered online
ISBN 978-3-9817940-1-4


Gallery FeldbuschWiesner, Berlin, Germany

13.2 - 12 -3 - 2016

FeldbuschWiesner website

FeldbuschWiesner Gallery presents deLight, featuring Susanne Rottenbacher, Marleen Sleeuwits and Sebastian Hempel. Oscillating between science, experimentation and aesthetic phenomenon, the exhibition explores the use of light as a primary medium.

Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic

Amongst Clashing Colours 

Gallery Bart, Amsterdam

duo exhibition

Marleen Sleeuwits, Harry Markusse

16.10.2021 till 20.11.2021
‘Amongst Clashing Colours’ depicts a clashing of two worlds: those of Dutch artists, Marleen Sleeuwits and Harry Markusse. The two have a vibrant colour palette in common and this colour-power is what binds them together in this dual exhibition. Visitors are gradually introduced to the eclectic tension at play between the photography of Marleen and the paintings of Harry.Multi-disciplinary artist, Marleen Sleeuwits has a keen eye for the disconcerting quality of seemingly mundane, everyday spaces. Central to her work is the examination of impersonal environments. Marleen’s artistic practice gradually evolved from photographing these spaces to intervening with them. In recent works, she has increasingly blurred the line between the 2D photo and spatial art, with the result of calling into question the visual aspect of reality. At first glance Marleen’s spatial creations seem to diverge from Harry Markusse’s two-dimensional art. But appearances can be deceptive.The abstract and fundamentally minimalistic paintings of Harry Markusse revolve around colour, form and movement. His work surpasses the confines of the traditional canvas. Harry does not delineate in his painting practice: murals are combined with existing paintings, and even with other disciplines, such as graphics. Last year, Harry was offered residencies at Leipzig International Art Programme and Livingstone Gallery in Berlin. This afforded him the time and space to experiment further with his painting. A quest for the boundless and the endless is tangible in his works.Despite their differing treatments of space, the two artists converge when it comes to 3D. Specially for the dual exhibition ‘Amongst Clashing Colours’, these artists are creating in-situ works that build on one another’s artistic talents and bypass ‘the clash’.

Gallery FeldbuschWiesner, Berlin, Germany

2.5 - 14.6.2014

FeldbuschWiesner website


In a modern world where digital photography and smartphones allow for instant
publishing and continuous reproduction, a new generation of artists are making a
conscious decision to adopt an artisanal approach, combining photography and
sculpture in an object-oriented photography.
If we look back at the history of sculpture we can see photographic principles
reflected in the sculptural process; here, the process is also visible vice versa. The
artists exhibited in Cut Fold Rewrite find ways to create colours and objects in
the camera, like Jessica Eaton, and construct spectacular landscapes and spaces
for their photographs, like Kasia Klimpel and Marleen Sleeuwits. Laurie Kang folds
and sculpts light-sensitive photographic paper into minimalist, sensuous sculptures;
Christiane Feser‘s multi-dimensional geometric object photographs create
a labyrinth of space and time.
The artists‘ studios become laboratories, where arranged still lifes and constructions
act asstatic subjects that are experimented on in a controlled environment.
This environment provides the conditions for the artists to search for new aesthetics
and forms for photography. They do not design within the picture, as for
example in the context of Bauhaus photography, but for the picture: with the
paper, with the camera, in the camera – basically, with the entire spectrum of
photographic material.
The subject and production process are not immediately obvious in their works,
as the artists turn their backs on classical forms of representation and capture
ephemeral moments and situations. The materialisation of processes is their primary
interest. Pictures no longer make reference to a single subject and a fixed
point in time, but create fictional places and times. The relationship between
object and representation forms a point of departure for their work, from which
the medium is put under scrutiny and the borders between photography and
sculpture are constantly renegotiated.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

23.1 till 8.5.2016

Nederlands Fotomuseum website

Five years on from its very successful first edition, the Nederlands Fotomuseum is proud to present QUICKSCAN NL#02, an exhibition that puts a finger on the pulse of Dutch photography to give the public a taste of the latest, most exciting trends in Dutch photography.

The exhibition will feature 15 to 20 photographers currently active in the Netherlands, showing work they have produced in the last two years that has mostly not yet been on show anywhere else.  The photographers and artists set to contribute to QUICKSCAN NL#2 include: Laurence Aëgerter, Gwenneth Boelens, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Anne Geene, Jan Hoek, Stephan Keppel, Kasia Klimpel, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ola Lanko, Willem Popelier, Jannemarein Renout, Jan Rosseel, Collectief Salvo, Marleen Sleeuwits, Batia Suter, Elisabeth Tonnard and Mariken Wessels.

Signalling new trends
As with the first exhibition, the focus of QUICKSCAN NL#02 is not so much on revealing promising new talent as on the innovative ways in which photographers, graphic designers and fine artists are currently using the medium of photography. What new ways and possibilities are they exploring? Can we discern new developments and how do we interpret these?


Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Photography Extended
23.2. till 8.5.2016

Museum Het Valkhof website

Voor de derde keer toont Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen het werk van een aantal Nederlandse fotografen die zich bezighouden met geënsceneerde fotografie. Twaalf fotografen laten recent werk zien, dat veelal voor het eerst aan publiek getoond wordt. De expositie, die deze keer is samengesteld door gastcurator Nelly Voorhuis, geeft met meer dan 70 fotobeelden een kleurrijk overzicht van de diversiteit van het werk van kunstenaars die zich met deze vorm van fotografie bezighouden. Fotograaf Ruud van Empel is de initiator van deze reeks tentoonstellingen, waarvan de eerdere edities zeer succesvol waren.

Creatie van een nieuwe werkelijkheid
Bij de geënsceneerde fotografie legt de kunstenaar een beeld vast dat met zorg is gepland en voorbereid. Technische mogelijkheden worden benut om het proces maximaal te beheersen, het toeval wordt zoveel mogelijk uitgesloten. Met zorgvuldig gekozen objecten, figuren en achtergronden wordt een nieuwe werkelijkheid gecreëerd. De beelden zijn veelal bewerkt met digitale technieken, zodat er uiteindelijk een gemanipuleerde voorstelling ontstaat. Zowel het technische traject om het beeld te construeren, als het proces van waarneming van de toeschouwer - die zijn ogen bijna niet kan geloven - zijn bij geënsceneerde fotografie wezenlijk anders dan bij de traditionele vorm. Beide processen zijn uitgebreider en complexer: extended

Deelnemende fotografen
In totaal zal werk van 12 kunstenaars te zien zijn: Ruth van Beek, Kim Boske, Popel Coumou, Femke Dekkers, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Csilla Klenyánszki, Juul Kraijer, Diana Scherer, Marleen Sleeuwits, Isabelle Wenzel, Manon Wertenbroek en Jacquie Maria Wessels.

Nederlandse fotografie internationaal geroemd
Nederland staat in de kunstwereld bekend om de hoge kwaliteit van de fotografie in verschillende disciplines. Met vernieuwende fotografische visies op de werkelijkheid maken Nederlandse fotografen ook internationaal naam.

LhGWR, The Hague, The Netherlands

Transparency of appearance
1.3 - 19.4.2014

LhGWR website

In the exhibition Transparency of appearance Marleen Sleeuwits will present new works from her renowned series Interiors.

For the first time she will also present spatial works. For the past year Sleeuwits worked in a vacant sixteen stories high office building. She deformed and (re)-constructed several offices in a way that is most reminiscent of installations and sculptures with a temporary nature.

Interiors is a personal and layered research, which is not about the actual existing spaces, but is about mental spaces. It suggests they are in the twilight zone between reality and illusion. In the spatial works this experience becomes even more tangible.

Onomatopee, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Cabinet project
On the Soft Edge of Space
Solo exhibition by Marleen Sleeuwits
3.09. till 20.11.2016

Onomatopee website

Is it possible for our direct sensual experience of a space to derive understanding from a different representation of space?

The solo exhibition On the Soft Edge of Space of Marleen Sleeuwits derives its title from her artists’ book, recently published by Onomatopee. Like the book, the exhibition is a stage on which space is placed at the centre by exploring it in a particular visual manner.

By means of architectural, site-specific interventions, Marleen Sleeuwits manipulates space’s artificial nature to put our sensual experience of space to the test. Although the site-specific works in the Onomatopee show merge into the space’s architecture, they remain individual, unrelated sculptural objects, as slight deformations of reality. This renders space itself contradictory – that is, like a tangible fata morgana. Her work tries to find a new horizon in these poetics.

Does this just create a widening of the existing space, or does she call it into question? Usually, spaces are created to serve man, but here space appears to impose a will of it’s own on reality. This gives rise to the question if we, in a functional space of a man-made architectural structure, can relate to the space’s autonomy itself. We may have to test this: put an ear to the wall and listen intently or put our hand on the floor to feel its temperature. Maybe we should do more to appropriate the perspective of the walls of the space we stand in, which determine the proportion of the vacuum radius around us – like a dancer toeing the edge of the dance floor with his eyes closed.

The site-specific play with space, in space, is supplemented with the presentation of a number of photo works, which render the sensual side of reality abstract, like a script. And finally you can explore the book, which again plays with various perspectives: the page margins, the edges of walls in a photographed scale model, the frames of the works in the scale model et cetera.

Curated by Freek Lomme
Made possible thanks to the Municipality of Eindhoven and the Mondiraan Fund

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