Renzo Martens

Born in Sluiskil, 1973
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Brussels and Kinshasa

Education
2013 Yale World Fellow
2010-2015 Phd Research, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium
2010 ISCP, New York, United States
1999-2000 Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium
1993-1996 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992-1993 Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent, Belgium
1991-1992 Political Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Awards
2015 Witteveen+Bos-prijs voor Kunst+Techniek
2013 Cultuurfonds Documentaire Stipendium, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds
2010 Cultuurprijs Vlaanderen
2010 Filmfonds Stimulansprijs 2010
2009 Prix Rubans Canards

Solo exhibitions
2017
Sculpture Center, New York, USA
2016
Congolese Plantation Workers Art League (with the Institute for Human Activities), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
2015
On the Institute for Human Activities, Bergkerk Deventer, The Netherlands
Produktion (with the Institute for Human Activities), Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria
A Lucky Day (with the Institute for Human Activities), KOW, Berlin, Germany
The Matter of Critique (with the Institute for Human Activities), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
A new settlement (with the Institute for Human Activities), Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014
The Box, LA, US
2011
Renzo Martens, Kunsthalle Goteborg, Goteborg
2009
Episode 3, Wilkinson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2008
Episode 3, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005
Episode 1, Vtape, Toronto, Canada
2004
Episode 1, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2003
Episode 1, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1999
Rien ne va plus, De Merodestraat, Brussels, Belgium

Group exhibitions
2020
'Risquons-Tout', WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (upcoming)
2019
Vrijheid - vijftig Nederlandse kernkunstwerken sinds 1968, Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, the Netherlands
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Gerrit turns 50, Willem only 28 | Anniversary Show Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NAP, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2017
TRANSAKTIONEN – Über den Wert künstlerischer Arbeit, HaL, Berlin (with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise)
The Armory Show (Focus selection), New York (with the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaise)
2016
Bread and Roses: Artists and the Class Divide, Renzo Martens presents: Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs des Plantations Congolaises, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
2014
Confessions of the Imperfect, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Artes Mundi 6, Wales's National Museum of Art, Wales
Manifesto! An Alternative History of Photography, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Evil Clowns, Hartware MedienKunstverein, Dortmund, Germany
'9 artists', MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
‘Meer macht’, (curated by Hans den Hartog Jager), Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands
19th Biennale of Sydney: ‘You Imagine What You Desire’, Sydney, Australia
2013
‘Ghost in the system - scenarios for resistance’, 5th Moscow Biennale of Comtemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
‘Space of Exception’, Artplay, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Wiels, (with the Institute for Human Activities), Brussels, Belgium
‘Either/Or’, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany and: Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DenmarkLubumbashi Biennale, (a project by Tate Modern) (with the Institute for Human Activities), Lubumbashi
‘9 Artists’ (with the Institute for Human Activities), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Lubumbashi Biennale, (a project by Tate Modern) (with the Institute for Human Activities), Lubumbashi, Congo
‘Blijven Kijken | Ce qui nous regarde | Dropouts’, Museum M, Leuven, Belgium
2012
‘Forget Fear’, 7th Berlin Biennial, (with the Institute for Human Activities), Berlin
‘Models for Taking Part’, (curated by Juan Gaitan), Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon
‘A Series of Navigations’, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
2011
‘Le Peuple qui Manque’, Le Bal, Paris, France
‘Models for Taking Part’, Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada
‘Radical Ruptures’, Kunsthalle Charlottenburg, Copenhagen (with a lecture by TJ Demos on Episode 3), Denmark
‘All that Fits, the Aesthetics of Journalism’, (curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Simon Sheikh), Quad, Derby, UK
‘A Film Cycle’, Nomas Foundation, Rome
‘Models for Taking Part’, (curated by Juan Gaitan), Presentation house Gallery, Vancouver
‘Antiphotojournalism’, (curated by Tom Keenan and Carles Guerra), Foam, Amsterdam
‘My War, Participation in an Age of Conflict’, Kingston, Canada
‘Alias’, (curated by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin), Krakow Photo Month, Krakow
2010
‘Monumentalism— History and National Identity in Contemporary Art: Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2010’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Antiphotojournalism’, (curated by Carles Guerra and Thomas Keenan ), La Vireinna, Barcelona, Spain
‘Human Condition’, (curated by Adam Budak), Kunsthaus Graz, Space02, Graz, Austria
‘6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art’, (curated by Katrin Rhomberg), Berlin, Germany
‘All that is solid melts into the air’, (Curated by Miguel Amado), Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
‘MyWar (Identity and Appropriation Under War Condition)’, FACT, Liverpool, UK
‘Self as disappearance’, Centre d'art contemporain, La synagogue de Delme, France
‘Morality Act III; And the moral of the story is...’, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2009
‘Recente Aanwinsten’, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
‘Rien ne va plus’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
‘Le Temps de la Fin’, Espace d'art contemporain La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France
‘Endurance (Daring Feats of Risk, Survival and Perseverance)’, Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, United States
‘Exploring the age of Repression’, Pavilion, Bucharest, Romania
‘Images Recalled’, Fotofestival Ludwigshafen, Germany
‘Until the End of the World’, AMP Gallery, Athens, Greece
‘Monunentalismus (One's History is Another's Misery)’, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
‘Muhka Media’, Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Hors Pistes’ (filmscreening Episode 3), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
2008
‘Matter of Fact; Aftermath (Capacete/A Gentil Carioca / Galeria Vermelho)’, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brussels Biennial, Brussels, Belgium
‘Manifesta 7; Matter of Fact (The European Biennial of Contemporary Art)’, Rovereto, Italy
‘L'Art en Europe (Experience Pommery #5)’, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
‘Neither Either Nor Or’, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
‘To Burn Oneself with Oneself: the Romantic Damage Show’, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007
‘Modern Solitude’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Brave New World’, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
‘Nothing Else Matters’, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
‘Speakers’, Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
‘Magazine Project’, Documenta Halle, Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany
2006
‘A Picture of War is not War’, Wilkinson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
‘Excess’, Z'33, Hasselt, Belgium
‘An Evening with..’, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey
2005
‘I Love Video Art’, Musee dArt Contemporain, Strassbourg, France
‘Undercurrents’, Basis Actuele Kunst (BAK), Utrecht, The Netherlands
‘Reprise’, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands
‘Inner and Outer Worlds’, Argos festival, Argos, Brussels, Belgium
‘Soft Target’, Basis Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2004
‘Constructing Visions’, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
‘Mediamatic Supersalon’, Mediamatic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Plug-In’, Futura, Prague, The Czech Republic
‘Yugoslav Biennial’, Vrsac, Yugoslavia
‘Monitoring’, Kunstverein Kassel, Kassel, Germany
IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2003
‘Urban Dramas’, De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Etablissements den Face’, Brussels, Belgium
‘Blich zum Nachbarn (Kunstfilmbiennale)’, Cologne, Germany
2002
‘De Avonden’, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Selected screenings, symposia and events
2014
Screening Episode 3 and conversation (on the Institute for Human Activities), CUNY Center for the Humanities, NY, US
Talk, Renzo Martens: More news on the Institute for Human Activities , Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2013
On the Institute for Human Activities, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen
Nina Möntmann interviews Renzo Martens, Iaspis, Stockholm
Off-site panel: Art and Media in Congo, Congo in Harlem Film Festival, New York
On the Institute for Human Activities, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
On the Institute for Human Activities, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
On the Institute for Human Activities, Hebel am Ufer, Berlin
On the Institute for Human Activities, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
On the Institute for Human Activities, University College, London
On the Institute for Human Activities, Wiels, Brussels
Battles Of Images, Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo
Interdisciplinary Seminar: T.J. Demos considers Episode III, Cooper Union School of Art, New York
The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art, (with the Institute for Human Activities) Tate Modern, London
2012
Registration of the Opening Seminar of the Institute for Human Activities, Closing event 7th Berlin Biennial, KunstWerke, Berlin
On the Institute for Human Activities, Staedelschule, Frankfurt
On the Institute for Human Activities, Yale University, New Haven
2011
Episode 3, The Thinking Eye, Kunstverein, Milan
Episode 3, a conversation between Stefan Jonsson and Renzo Martens, House of Win Win, Goteborg
Episode 3, A conversation between Yehoshua Simon and Renzo Martens, Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel.
Episode 1 and 3, A debate with Lieven de Cauter and Ruben de Roo, Ritz, Brussels
2010
Capitalism and the Aesthetics of Knowledge in the 21st century, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens
Image Mouvement, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneve
12 Gestures, Screening and Discussion around Episode 3, with Mathieu Abonnenc, Betonsalon, Fondation Kadist, Paris
Do We All Have Strength Enough to Endure the Misfortunes of Others?, A Conversation about Episode 3, with Jennifer Allen, Felix Ensslin, Renzo Martens, Ana Teixeira Pinto and Dieter Roelstraete, Salon Populaire, Berlin
Episode 3, Screening, Liebaert Projects, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Kortrijk
Episode 3, Screenings and Discussions in Kinshasa, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles and Halle de la Gombe.
Episode 3, A Screening and Conversation with Renzo Martens by T.J. Demos and Tamar Garb, Tate Modern, London
Uneven Geographies, curated by T.J. Demos and Alex Farquharson, Screening and Conversation with Alfredo Cramerotti and Renzo Martens, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
The Hopelessness of Contemporary Art, Symposium around Episode 3, with TJ Demos, Hilde Van Gelder, Carles Guerra, Thomas Keenan, Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Renzo Martens, The Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Leuven
Eric van Lieshout, Renzo Martens and Hans de Hartog-Jager at Museum de Hallen, Haarlem
2009
‘Hors Pistes’ (filmscreening Episode 3), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
Globaliseringslezing, A Conversation with Jos de Putter and Renzo Martens, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam
Episode 3, A Conversation with Jan Ritsema and Renzo Martens , Kaaitheater,Theaterfestival, Brussels
Episode 3, A Conversation with Dana Linsen, Renzo Martens and Joris Luyendijk, Ketelhuis, Amsterdam
The Future of Picturing the World: Filming and Imaging in a Global Era. A discussion with Lilie Chouliaraki, Max Houghton, Renzo Martens, Julian Stallabrass, London School of Economics, London
Episode 3, A Conversation between JJ Charlesworth and Renzo Martens, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Lost and Found at the New Museum, New York
Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, (curated by Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr), Arnolfini, Bristol
Hors Pistes, and Collussions, Screenings and Debates, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2008
Episode 3, A Conversation with Marc Nash and Renzo Martens, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
A Prior # 16, A Conversation with Els Roelandt and Renzo Martens, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent
Joris Luyendijk debat, LUX, Nijmegen
IDFA (opening night film), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007
A Night with Renzo Martens, (curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen), Platform Garanti, Istanbul
2000
Muhka Media, Antwerp, Belgium

Selected Film and Theatre Festivals
2009
CPH:Dox, Copenhagen
Anasy Festival, Abu Dhabi
Filmfestival, Guadalajara
Leeds Filmfestival, Leeds
Atlantic Mirror, Rio de Janeiro
One World Filmfestival, Bukarest
Prirzen Docufest, Kosovo
Salem Filmfestival
Tarifa African filmfestival
Vermont Filmfestival
Jersey Amnesty Filmfestival
Doc Lounge Sweden Docpoint
Helsinki International Filmfestival
Guadalajara Filmfestival
Malta Festival, Poznan
Alkantara Festival, Lisbon
2008
Raccontare el Vero, Parma
Aarhus Filmfestival
African Filmfestival, Milan
Bergen Filmfestival
Nederlands Filmfestival, Utrecht
Jerusalem Filmfestival
Talinn Black Nights Filmfestival
New Zealand filmfestival
Planet Doc review, Warzawa
Docville festival, Leuven
Alba International Filmfestival
Dockenama, Maputo
MiradasDoc, Tenerife
Rencontres Internationales du Film Documentaire, Montreal
Planet Doc review, Warzawa
DocHouse, London
SilverDocs, Washington DC
HotDocs, Toronto
Thessaloniki Documentary Filmfestival, Thessaloniki
Theaterfestival, Kaaitheater, Brussels
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels
A Sense of Belonging, Stadsschouwburg Rotterdam

Bibliography

CATPC
Published by Sternberg Press, 2017

Critique in Practice: Renzo Martens'  Episode III (Enjoy Poverty)
Published by Sternberg Press, 2020


2017
Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Pantation Congolaise
author(s): Chika Okeke-Agulu
newspaper/magazine: Artforum

Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise
author(s): Claire Bishop
newspaper/magazine: Artforum

Chocolate Sculpture, With a Bitter Taste of Colonialism
author(s): Randy Kennedy
newspaper/magazine: The New York Times

African Art in a Game of Catch-UP
author(s): Holland Cotter
newspaper/magazine: The New York Times, Mrch 2017


2016

How Artist Renzo Martens Aims to Funnel Western Capital Back to the Plantation. Chocolate sculptures have changed workers' lives
author(s): Brian Boucher
newspaper/magazine: artnet news

De nieuwe kleren van de huurder
author(s): Victoria Ivanova
newspaper/magazine: Metropolis M

Betere wereld begint in Afrika
author(s): Edo Dijkersterhuis
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool

Renzo Martens: 'Er is radicale vernieuwing nodig'
author(s): Hans den Hartog Jager
newspaper/magazine: See All This

Kunst in het oerwoud
author(s): Renzo Martens
newspaper/magazine: See All This

2015
Kunstenaar bouwt Afrikaanse Tate
author(s): Sacha Bronwasser
newspaper/magazine: De Volkskrant, 5 nov 2015

Renzo Martens: Gentrification after institutional critique
author(s): T.J. Demos
newspaper/magazine: Afterall Journal, Autumn/Winter 2015

Kunstenaars zijn niet beter dan multinationals: wereldverbeteraar of zelfverrijker?
author(s): Ann-Sofie Dekeyser
newspaper/magazine: De Standaard, Weekblad

Ook de Afrikanen levert het wat op; Renzo Martens genomineerd voor Amsterdamse Cultuurprijs
author(s): Peter van Brummelen
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool

Chocoladebeelden uit het oerwoud
author(s): Jan Braet
newspaper/magazine: Knack, May 13 2015

Critic's Pick: Renzo Martens
author(s): Travis Jeppen
newspaper/magazine: Artforum, May 1 2015

Nederlands hoofd, Ghanese handen
author(s): Roos van der Lint
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer, no. 35

Renzo Martens en het Institute for Human Activities: Ongemakkelijk gaat ook
author(s): Pieter van Bogaert
newspaper/magazine: H Art

Interview: Kunstenaar Renzo Martens wil dat Afrikanen zelf verdienen aan hun armoede
author(s): Marian Cousijn
newspaper/magazine: De Correspondent

Renzo Martens and the Institute for Human Activities' "A New Settlement"
author(s): Vivian Ziherl
newspaper/magazine: Art Agenda

Congolese portretten van pure chocolade
author(s): Tracy Metz
newspaper/magazine: NRC Handelsblad

Renzo Martens
author(s): Raimar Stange
newspaper/magazine: Artist - Das Kunstmagazin

Im Kopf nur Schokolade
author(s): Kolja Reichert
newspaper/magazine: Die Zeit

Mysterie van geld, kunst en cacao
author(s): Jan Pieter Ekker
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool

Renzo Martens: How the Dutch provocateur launched an independent cultural economy with plantation workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
author(s): J.J. Charlesworth
newspaper/magazine: ArtReview, April 2015

The secret artists colony that wants to change the world with chocolate heads
author(s): Daisy Carrington
newspaper/magazine: cnn.com

Chocoladekunst met extra emoties
author(s): Renzo Martens
newspaper/magazine: NRC

Bekentenissen van de Imperfecte, 1848-1989-Vandaag
author(s): Edo Dijksterhuis
newspaper/magazine: De Witte Raaf, no. 173

Dirty Water
author(s): Ric Bowers
newspaper/magazine: CCQ

Renzo Martens: how the Dutch provocateur launched an independent cultural economy with plantage workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
author(s): J.J Charlesworth
newspaper/magazine: ArtReview


2014

Renzo Martens; the artist who wants to gentrify the jungle
author(s): Stuart Jeffries
newspaper/magazine: The Guardian

Ongemakkelijke kunst voor een goed doel
author(s): Koen Kleijn
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer, Dec 4 2014

Niet kunnen leven van de cacao, maar wel van de chocolade
author(s): Mieke van Dixhoorn
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Renzo Martens and the Institute for Human Activities
author(s): Nicholas Brown
newspaper/magazine: C Magazine

Heeft de artistieke autonomie zijn grens bereikt? 'Ja'
author(s): Carel Peeters
newspaper/magazine: Vrij Nederland, May 24 2014

De onmacht van kunst
author(s): Floor van Luijk
newspaper/magazine: MetropolisM, May 20 2014

Kunst, de motor van de economie
author(s): Arnon Grunberg
newspaper/magazine: De Correspondent, May 19 2014

De Kunst van relevant zijn
author(s): Sacha Bronwasser
newspaper/magazine:
De Volkskrant, Apr 7 2014

Een aanslag als een kunstwerk
author(s): Daan van Lent
newspaper/magazine: NRC, Mrch 28 2014

Dakloos bla bla bla
author(s): Roos van der Lint
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer, June 25 2014

Art in the Jungle
author(s): Rana Florida
newspaper/magazine: HuffP
ost, Jan 16 2014

Het Streven
author(s): Hans den Hartog Jager
publication: Uitgeverij Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep

It's my Hair and I can do what I want with it
author(s): Wiliam Kherbek
catalogue: PORT Magazine, Berlin

'Meer Macht: Hoeveel Macht heeft de Kunstenaar'
author(s): Lennard Dost
newspaper/magazine: (H)Art, no. 126

2013

Renzo Martens in conversation with TJ Demos
author(s): Nina Möntmann (ed)
catalogue: Scandalous. A critical reader on art and ethics., Sternberg Press, 2013

1992-1993
author(s): Koen Brahms & Dirk Pultau
newspaper/magazine: De Witte Raaf, no. 166

Scandal
author(s): crystal am nelson
newspaper / magazine: The Brooklyn Rail, 3 June 2013

'Enjoying poverty' in Congo
author(s): Jenifer Evans
newspaper / magazine: Egypt Independent, 11 March 2013

author(s): Julian Stallabras
catalogue: Documentary. A critical reflection on the recent revival of documentary in contemporary art, Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, 2013

author(s): T.J. Demos
catalogue: Return to the Postcolony: Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013

Figuring Postcolonial Africa and Europe in the Films of Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Renzo Martens, and Els Opsomer
author(s): Hilde Van Gelder, T.J. Demos
catalogue: In and Out of Brussels., Leuven University Press | Lieven Gevaert Series, Leuven,
2013

Malen nach Zahlen. Der Kunstler Renzo Martens erklarte in Berlin, warum er ein kongolesische Dorf gentrifizieren will.
author(s): Felix Stephan
newspaper/magazine: Suddeutsche Zeitung, Sept 24 2013

Kritisch pleidooi voor verbeelding en traagheid. Kunstenfestivaldesarts confronteert de 'weldenkende kunstminnaar' met de wereld.
author(s): Pieter T'Jonck
newspaper/magazine: De Morgen, May 11 2013

2012

Letter to Tino Seghal
author(s): Renzo Martens
newspaper/magazine: A Prior #23-24

Klotzt nicht so po¬li¬tisch!
author(s): Kolja Reichert
newspaper/magazine: Die Welt

Artur Zmijewski, Artist come to create Beauty and Kindness, interview with Renzo Martens
catalogue: Forget Fear, reader Berlin Biennial, KW, Berlin, 2012

Kunst als Banenmotor
author(s): Raymond van den Bogaert
newspaper/magazine: NRC Handelsblad, July 2012

Burgerlijke Ongehoorzaamheid
author(s): Sandra Smallenburg
newspaper/magazine: NRC Handelsblad, April 2012

Let’s Fake History
author(s): Sven Lutticken
newspaper/magazine: Texte zur Kunst, July 2012
catalogue:

Renzo Martens’ troubling but brilliant message
author(s): Murray Whyte
newspaper/magazine: The Starr, Toronto

Towards a new Institutional Critique, conversation with Renzo Martens
author(s): TJ Demos
newspaper/magazine: Atlantica, 2012

Interview with Renzo Martens
author(s): TJ Demos
catalogue: Art and Exploitation, ed. Nina Monntman, Sternberg Press, Berlin

Renzo Martens, On the Institute for Human Activities
author(s): TJ Demos
newspaper/magazine: Camera Austria, Graz

African poverty, taboo or standardised? On Episode 3 -Enjoy Poverty by Renzo Martens
author(s): Paul De Roo
newspaper/magazine: Concept, Vol. 3, No.1

World history and earth art
author(s): Sven Lutticken
newspaper/magazine: E-Flux Journal, June 2012

2011

So Spoke the Semicolon
author(s): Ozge Ersoy
newspaper/magazine: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, September

Aesthetic Autocritique, a conversation between Renzo Martens and Eyal Weizman
author(s): Renzo Martens and Eyal Weizman
newspaper/magazine: A Prior no. 22

'A Recipe for a New Institute'
author(s): Renzo Martens
catalogue: A Political Cookbook, Polish Paviljon, Venice Biennial

Renzo Martens, Enjoy Poverty, De l'usage médiatique du stigmate
author(s): Benoit Dussart
newspaper/magazine: DITS, no. 16

Poverty Pornography, Humanitarianism, and Neo-liberal Globalization: Notes on Some Paradoxes in Contemporary Art
author(s): TJ Demos
newspaper/magazine: SMBA newsletter, Amsterdam, April

On Leaving the Building: Thoughts of the Outside
author(s): Dieter Roelstrate
newspaper/magazine: E-flux Journal 24

Une Polemique pour l Art et le Monde
author(s): Jacob Wren
newspaper/magazine: Inter Art Actuel no. 107

Detras de las Imagene's
auhor(s): Oscar Benassini
newspaper/magazine: La Tempesta no.76

Enjoying poverty?, Maria Eriksson Baaz, Erik Pauser, Mats Rosengren & Elin Wikström about Episode III
newspaper/magazine: Ord Bild, no.1732

Enjoy Poverty
author(s): Yulia Tikhonova
newspaper/magazine: Flash Art


2010
Enjoy Poverty: Disclosing the Political Impasse of Contemporary Art
author(s): Niels van Tomme
newspaper/magazine: Art Papers

The Action of Seeing
author(s): Tina Dicarlo & Khadija Carroll
newspaper/magazine: Kaleidoscope, no. 8

Renzo Martens: Love is colder than death
author(s): Ana Teixeira Pinto
newspaper/magazine: Mousse, no. 25

HARK! Loving Hatred
author(s): Jennifer Allen
newspaper/magazine: Mousse, no. 25

Enjoy Poverty: Disclosing the Political Impasse of Contemporary Art
author(s): Niels van Tomme
newspaper/magazine: Art Papers, September

6th Berlin Biennale
author(s): Alexander Scrimgeour
newspaper/magazine: Artforum, September

Renzo Martens
author(s): Kerstin Winking
catalogue: Monumentalisme, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Monumentalism - History, National Identity and Contemporary Art
author(s): Jelle Bouwhuis, Margriet Schavemaker (ed.)
catalogue: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NAi Publishers

Berlin Biennale
newspaper/magazine: Kunstforum

Berlin Biennial
newspaper/magazine: Art Monthly, July/August

Biennale Berlijn confronteert kunst met de werkelijkheid
author(s): Herien Wensink
newspaper/magazine: NRC

Langzame zegetocht van Episode 3
author(s): Raymond van den Boogaard
newspaper/magazine: NRC

Nieuw Perspectief
author(s): Sacha Bronwasser
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Raising the Phantoms of Empire; Post Colonial Discourse in recent Artists' Films
author(s): Katerina Gregos
newspaper/magazine: Mousse, no. 22

On the outside: Exteriority as Condition for Resistance
author(s): Pieter Van Bogaert
newspaper/magazine: Afterall, no. 23

6th Berlin Biennial
author(s): Kathrin Rhomberg
catalogue: KW institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

The Human Condition
author(s): Adam Budak
catalogue: Kunsthaus Graz


2009
Martens: briljant filmer of gewetenloze ijdeltuit
author(s): Jos de Putter
newspaper/magazine: VPRO gids

Renzo Martens, Episode III
author(s): Paul O'Kane
newspaper/magazine: Third Text, no. 101

Images Recalled
author(s): Esther Ruelfs
catalogue: Fotofestival Mannheim

Big Things: Crunch, Crisis, Change we can believe in
author(s): Max Andrews
newspaper/magazine: Karriere, no. 4

An Ethics of Engagement, Collaborative Art practices an the return of the Ethnographer
author(s): Anthony Downey
newspaper/magazine: Third text, no. 100

The act of watching poor people
author(s): Johanna Colier
newspaper/magazine: Dox

Kunst tegenover lijden
author(s): Gawie Keyser
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer

Slechts op de rand van cynisme kan empathie ontstaan
author(s): Pieter van Bogaert
newspaper/magazine: (H)Art

Ik ben niet geschoold in Rebellie
author(s): Jan Braet
newspaper/magazine: Knack

Afrika, omarm uw armoede
author(s): Koen Vidal
newspaper/magazine: De Morgen

Enjoy Poverty
newspaper/magazine: De Standaard

Enjoy Poverty
author(s): Erik Stockman
newspaper/magazine: Humo

Armoede bestaat pas als we er een logo op plakken
author(s): Dorien Kockaert
newspaper/magazine: De Standaard

Episode III - enjoy poverty
author(s): Pieter Van Bogaert
newspaper/magazine: (H)Art, no. 50

Renzo Martens
author(s): Dan Fox
newspaper/magazine: Frieze

Enjoy Povery. Een gitzwarte Congo-documentaire
author(s): Jan Antonissen
newspaper/magazine: Humo

The Atrocity Exhibition
author(s): John Douglas Millar
newspaper/magazine: Mute Magazine

Renzo Martens - Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
author(s): Saskia van der Kroef
newspaper/magazine: Art Forum, March

Brussels Biennial 1
author(s): T.J. Demos
newspaper/magazine: Art Forum, February

Renzo Martens in Future Greats
author(s): Martin Herbert
newspaper/magazine: ArtReview

Renzo Martens
author(s): Martin Coomer
newspaper/magazine: Big Issue

Renzo Martens
author(s): Jessica Lack
newspaper/magazine: The Guardian Guide

Renzo Martens
author(s): Lillian Davies
newspaper/magazine: Art Forum

Renzo Martens Interview
author(s): Francis Guerin
newspaper/magazine: ArtSlant

2008
'Uw lijden gezien hebbend maakt mij een beter mens'
author(s): Machteld Leij
newspaper/magazine: (H)Art

Fatsoen heeft geen waarheid
author(s): Nathalie Hartjes
newspaper/magazine: Kunstbeeld

Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty
author(s): Leslie Felperin
newspaper/magazine: Variety

De horzel en de trekvogel
author(s): Mariska Graveland
newspaper/magazine: De Filmkrant

Renzo Martens, Episode 3
author(s): Jelle Bouwhuis, Jorinde Seijdel, Frank vande Veire
newspaper/magazine: Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Newsletter 107

Armoede levert meer op dan goud; Het IDFA toont ontregelende documentaires
author(s): Coen van Zwol
newspaper/magazine: NRC

'Medelijden helpt niet'; Interview met Renzo Martens
author(s): Bert Mebius
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer

Afrika
author(s): Theodor Holman
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool

Trillende zwarte lichamen
author(s): Belinda van de Graaf
newspaper/magazine: Trouw

Controversiele opening 'typisch IDFA'
author(s): Bor Beekman
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Jong, blank en megalomaan
author(s): Jan Pieter Ekker
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Leve de armoede
author(s): Mark Moorman
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool

Renzo Martens: 'Medeleven is niet genoeg'
author(s): Harm Ede Botje
newspaper/magazine: Vrij Nederland

Afrika door en voor onze ogen
author(s): Bor Beekman
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant, Speciale Bijlage IDFA

Renzo Martens over zijn nieuwe film 'Episode 3': Afrika, tel uit je winst
author(s): Maartje Somers
newspaper/magazine: NRC

Renzo Martens
newspaper/magazine: Modern Painters, November

Kringloop Modernisme; de eerste Brusselse Biennale stelt vragen over de moderniteit
author(s): Marc Holthof
newspaper/magazine: (H)Art

Renzo Martens openingsfilm IDFA
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Nieuwe Kunst
author(s): Steven van Teeseling a.o.
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer

Continent vol coolness
author(s): Sandra Smallenburg
newspaper/magazine: NRC Next

Renzo Martens: Episode 3
author(s): Krist Gruijthuijsen
newspaper/magazine: Stedelijk Museum Bulletin

Afro-pessimisme minder aanwezig dan gedacht
author(s): Mathilde Jansen
newspaper/magazine: NRC

To burn oneself with oneself
author(s): Kees Keijer
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool, PS

De allesvernietigende drift van de romantiek in de kunst
author(s): Lucette ter Borg
newspaper/magazine: NRC

Omarmen op afstand
author(s): Bert Mebius
newspaper/magazine: De Groene Amsterdammer

Renzo Martens; Analyses of a film in three conversations
author(s): Els Roelandt
newspaper/magazine: A Prior, February


2007
De Messias
author(s): Nanda Jansen
newspaper/magazine: Mister Motley, no. 14

Toekomstvisie als luis in pels van maatschappij
author(s): Marina de Vries
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant


2006
The bomb drops
author(s): Nadim Samman
newspaper/magazine: Frieze, The Art Newspaper

A picture of war is not war
author(s): Max Andrews
newspaper/magazine: Frieze, May

Voetnoten bij het nieuws
author(s): Sandra Smallenburg
newspaper/magazine: NRC

A picture of war is not war
author(s): Lillian Davies
newspaper/magazine: Art Forum's Critic's Picks London

Het is hier onleefbaar
author(s): Mike Naafs
newspaper/magazine: De Filmkrant


2005
All eyes are on us, and we're loving it
author(s): Peter Godard
newspaper/magazine: Toronto Star

Episode 1
author(s): Binna Choi
catalogue: Concerning War, BAK, Basis Actuele Kunst

Renzo Martens
author(s): Jeroen Laureijns
catalogue: Looking, encountering, staging, Piet Zwart Instituut


2004
De diepte onder de oppervlakte
author(s): Mariska Graveland
newspaper/magazine: De Filmkrant

De export van gefilmde armoede
author(s): Dana Linssen
newspaper/magazine: NRC

Leed en ellende, maar niet klakkeloos
author(s): Remke de Lange
newspaper/magazine: Trouw

Wat moeten we in hemelsnaam van jou en jouw film denken
author(s): Maricke Nieuwdorp
newspaper/magazine: IDFA-papers

Laf en luiheid
author(s): Renzo Martens
newspaper/magazine: Vrij Nederland

Dicht bij jezelf
author(s): Ronald Ockhuysen
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Mevrouw Idfa
author(s): Patrick Meershoek
newspaper/magazine: Het Parool

De Kritische keuze
author(s): Sacha Bronwasser
newspaper/magazine: Vrij Nederland

Ordinary madness
author(s): Lizzy Le Quesne
newspaper/magazine: The Prague Post

Renzo Martens (in: Wass will Europa)
author(s): Xander Karskens
newspaper/magazine: Flash Art

De schande van de omkering
author(s): Renzo Martens
newspaper/magazine: Metropolis M

Rechtmatige erfgenamen van een historisch modernisme
author(s): Jeroen Laureijns
catalogue: Contemporary Art in Belgium

Court jester
author(s): Brigitte van de Sande
catalogue: Under Fire, Witte de With

Plug-In
author(s): Juliette Jongma
catalogue: Fine Arts Unternehmen Books, Cologne

Twee werelden
author(s): Bas Heijne
catalogue: Leeswoede, De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam

2003
Een aardschok in dromenland
author(s): Lucette ter Borg
newspaper/magazine: Vrij Nederland

Als de rollen omgedraaid worden
author(s): Jeroen Laureijns
newspaper/magazine: De Financieel-economische

Een man moet een geheim hebben
author(s): Karel Glastra van Loon
newspaper/magazine: Vrij Nederland

Zelfpromotie
author(s): Herman Asselberghs
newspaper/magazine: De Tijd Cultuur

Egotrip in Tsjetsjeense hel
author(s): Geert van de Wetering
newspaper/magazine: de Volkskrant

Hilariteit in Tsjetsjenie
author(s): Jacquine van Elsberg
newspaper/magazine: Skrien

Is pijn fotografeerbaar
author(s): Tanny Dobbelaar
newspaper/magazine: Krisis, Tijdschrift voor empirische filosofie

Urban Dramas
author(s): Moritz Kung
catalogue: DeSingel, Antwerp