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MRLL is Mariëlle Gebben

Artist statement
The power of imagination enables us to interpret life and uncover new modes of perception and thought. I explore what it means to be part of the greater whole and imagine being able to go straight through time, place and matter. On these mental journeys I move from real life and create an alternative reality. From that abstract level I try to get a grip on the truth and envision a future that is softer, smoother and more peaceful than the present. I am sensing a perfect world.

Mariëlle Gebben (1979) is a visual artist from the Netherlands. She holds a master's degree in Art and Art Management from the University of Groningen and graduated in May 2017 with honours from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam. The infinite is what intrigues her and she feels close to adventurers, authors of fiction and scientists. Exploring worlds, questioning real life and creating stories is what drives her. In her studio and exhibitions she uses paper, water, ink, paint, light and all kinds of materials to explore the boundaries between imagination and reality. Her conviction is that the more we know, the less we understand.

Sometimes it is as if we are witnessing the birth of a planet. Eric Bos, Dagblad van het Noorden.

2018 NL ABOUT:BLANK, post-academic mentoring program
2017  NL Graduation Fotoacademie Amsterdam, cum laude
2004 NL Master of Arts, University of Groningen

2017 NL Rabbit, Chapter one: the creation of The Flux (handmade book, edition of 2)
2017 NL Rabbit, Chapter one: the creation of The Flux (edition of 50)

2021  NL Museum Houtstad, IJlst
2019 NL OOST//CLASH Gallery, Groningen 
2018 NL Groninger Museum, location Wall House, Groningen
2017 NL GalerieH200, Groningen

2024 NL fLUX by Alta Bosca, Lawei, Drachten, with Christiaan Kuitwaard (Nov 23 - Jan 19 2025)
2023 NL Bax Kunst, Sneek, with Riet Bakker 
2022 NL Galerie KW4, Zwolle, with Peter Boersma
2021  NL Galerie Noord, Groningen, with Peter Boersma

2024 NL ART[s] Gallery Simone Jansen, Noordwijk (Aug 24 - Sep 15)
2024 NL Rotterdam Photo
2024 NL Feest der Herkenning, Galerie Noord, Groningen
2023 NL Stichting WEP, Groningen 
2023 NL INCL. Lijst, Hooghouse, Groningen 
2022 NL Alta Bosca, Gorredijk 
2022  NL Was übrig bleibt, Pictura, Groningen 
2022  NL Groots in ‘t klein 2022, Bax Kunst, Sneek
2022  NL Other Photographic Matters: The Jam Session, Hilton Rotterdam
2021  NL Groots in ‘t klein 2021, Bax Kunst, Sneek
2021  NL Other Photographic Matters, Hilton, Rotterdam Art Week
2020 NL Other Photographic Matters, Hilton, Rotterdam Art Week
2020 NL Terra Projects, Zoetermeer 
2019 NL Wintersalon Galerie Noord, Groningen 
2019 NL Circle Art Space, UNSEEN, Amsterdam 
2019 LT International Photography Symposium, Nida
2019 NL Tobacco Theatre, Amsterdam 
2019 CH Fotofestival Lenzburg
2019 NL ...iets met ruimte, Galerie Pictura, Groningen 
2018 NL Kunstmaand Ameland
2018 NL ...iets met ruimte, Kunsthal 45, Den Helder
2018 FI Helsinki Photo Festival
2018 US Month Of Photography LA Group Show, Los Angeles
2018 NL Galerie Sehnsucht, Rotterdam
2017 NL NEW Dutch Photography Talent, Amsterdam
2017 FR Offprint Paris
2017 NL REVEAL, Amsterdam
2017 NL Fotofestival Naarden
2016 NL NAZomertuin, Lonneker
2015 NL Galerie Pictura, Groningen
2014 NL Museum Verhildersum, Leens

2021 NL Photo31 (online portfolio)
2021 NL De Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender
2019 US Pastiche Magazine, Issue 5
2019 DE Uncoated (online portfolio)
2018 NL Groninger Museum Magazine (interview)
2018 NL Kunstspot (online interview)
2018 NL about:blank (podcast interview)
2018 US NOICE. Magazine (online interview and portfolio)
2018 US Float Magazine (online portfolio)
2017 NL NEW Dutch Photography Talent (book)
2017 NL Stichting Beeldlijn (short movie)
2017 US LifeFramer Online Gallery (portfolio)

Awards etc
2023 NL Selected for Rotterdam Photo 2024
2019 LT Selected for International Photography Symposium NIDA 
2019 CH Selected for Fotofestival Lenzburg 2019
2018 FR Shortlist GESTE Paris
2018 FI Winner Open Call, Helsinki Photo Festival
2018 US Winner Open Call, Month of Photography LA Group Show
2018 FR Honorable mention, Fine Art Abstract, PX3 Prix de la Photography Paris
2018 US Nominee, Abstract Professional, Fine Art Photography Awards
2018 US Honorable mention, Fine Art Abstract, International Photographer Of The Year 2017
2017 NL NEW Dutch Photography Talent 2018, GUP magazine
2017 US Honorable mention, Fine Art Abstract, International Photography Awards
2017 NL 1st prize Upcoming Talent, category graduates, Fotoacademie Amsterdam

If you are interested in buying my work: feel free to send me an email.
Non-printable photos can be purchased as NFT’s via Open Sea.

Contact details
+31 641237338
Visit my profile on LinkedIn for my work as proces designer and manager in the field of social innovation.
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