Maartje Strijbis (°1985) is an Utrecht based portrait- and (conceptual) documentary photographer. She holds a bachelors degree in Theatre studies from the University of Amsterdam and studied jazz vocals at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. From a young age she photographed everything with her grandmother's analogue box cameras. This way of recording and storytelling became intertwined with her musical- and performance practice; an eclectic mix of soundscapes, installations, performance interventions in landscape, photographic images – both analogue and digital, song and video.

Maartje studied at the International Institute of Photography, the FOTOfactory, where she graduated in 2018 with a successful exhibition. She works on transmedia stories concerning desire for isolation, sublime natural experiences, mythology, rituals and boundaries where humans and nature meet.

Maartje is intrigued by people, their habits and environments. Due to a broad field of study she works interdisciplinary and with a sharp eye for analytical observation as well as practical creative input. Portraits are her strength.

In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Olympus Young Talent Award - group exhibition at FOAM Amsterdam - part of the SLEEP Tokyo project and GUP Magazine included her work in their New Dutch Photography Talent 2019 book and exhibition. Maartje is currently working on the book Nessuno: vulcano magica and two exhibitions of this project in Italy in September 2019. One of the exhibitions will take place on the active volcano Stromboli. Part of her Tokyo stories Aokigahara and the new series Skies since then will be presented at Photo Basel and Les Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles as part of Fresh Eyes – The 100 greatest emerging European photographers of 2019. 


2019 Selected as Fresh Eyes talent 2019, the 100 greatest emerging European photographers Book launch & exhibition event @Photo Basel @Voies Off Arles
2018 Selected as New Dutch Photography Talent 2019, book & exhibition @Melkweg
2017 Shortlist Olympus Young Talent Award 2017, exhibition@FOAM Amsterdam

Exhibitions & Publications

2024 Group exhibition Utrechtse kunstenaars, Kunstuitleen Utrecht
The Netherlands, fall '24

2022 Photobook launch Nessuno: vulcano magica
The Netherlands, Summer '22

2021 Group exhibition with o.a. Maartje Strijbis, Kadir van Lohuizen, Miep Jukkema, Jaya Pelupessy, Cornelie Tollens & Ira Yugay, Blow Up Gallery
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Opening night Nov 4

2019 Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, Group show, Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum
Japan, Tokushima, Oct 5 - Nov 10

2019 Solo exhibition Nessuno, La Locanda del Barbablu & pop up landscape installations
Italy, Stromboli Sept 9-19

2019 Solo exhibition Nessuno, Chiesa delle anime del purgatorio
Italy, Lipari, Sept 1-8

2019 Fresh Eyes, Les Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles, GUP magazine i.c.w. Voies Off Arles
France, Arles, July 2 – Sept 22

2019 Fresh Eyes, book launch at Photo Basel art fair
Switzerland, Basel, June 11-16

2018 New Dutch Photography Talent 2019, Group show & publication, Melkweg expo
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nov 24 - Dec 16

2018 Exhibition Nessuno, Group show, the FOTOfactory Gallery, Keizersgracht 82, Amsterdam
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, July 13-25

2017 Shortlist Olympus Young Talent Award 2017, Exhibition FOAM Amsterdam café
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, November

2015 Exhibition Stromboli, Amsterdamse Academische
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Sept 4 - Dec 15

Bimhuis 40 years of interaction, Fotogallery OBA, Amsterdam
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Sept 9 - Nov 2

Commercial clients

Van Gogh Museum | Wired Magazine Japan | Universiteit van Amsterdam | Rabobank | Food Cabinet | Gemeente Amsterdam | One World Magazine | TEDxAmsterdamWomen | Pressure PR | CLimateNL | Toneelgroep de Hollanders | Maison Irem jewels | Foreman Capital | Provincie Noord-Holland | Het Nederlandse Rode Kruis | Bimhuis jazz en improvisatie | FoodGuerrilla |  Dutch Design Week, Agri meets Design | Opera Dagen Rotterdam | Passionate Bulkboek | Stichting Literaire Activiteiten Amsterdam | Branded Personalities | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Zina Platform Adelheid Roosen | Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam | Max Havelaar | Europe by People | Stop and Stare Travel | Muze Magazine | Bourne Strategy & Design | Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam | The Black Archives | LIEFKE Magazine


Dutch newspaper Parool about exhibition 'Nessuno' on Blende or via this link.
Instax diary
Interview Kiekiekrant. De Aokigahara serie van Maartje Strijbis
Graduation Special Mister Motley Art Magazine
Interview Stop and Stare Travel Magazine. In beeld: Leven in afzondering en natuurgeweld op Stromboli


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