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Maarten Tromp (Amsterdam, 1980) graduated at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Dutch colonial history and surveillance are two recurring themes in his work, while reflecting on his own position as a photographer and filmmaker.

Tromp's photographic essay made in the streets of Amsterdam East was published as the book 'The neighbour, his ex and the owner of the launderette' (2008) and his series about the Volkskrant building in Amsterdam was published as the book '-1 tot 7' (2012).

The Dutch National Portrait Gallery, the city of Amsterdam, law firm ngnb advocaten and others have commissioned Maarten Tromp.

His photographs and short films were exhibited at FOTODOK and Fotofestival Naarden, in the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, World Trade Center Amsterdam, Filmhuis Den Haag and Museum Hilversum.

In 2012, Maarten Tromp received a grant from the Foundation Sem Presser Archive and the Van Bijlevelt Foundation. In 2016 he received a grant for research and development from art fund AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Ontwikkelbudget).


Read more:


Apocrief verhaal, Ilse van Rijn 2008
(Nederlands - origineel, pdf)

An Unspoken Tale, Ilse van Rijn 2008
(English - translation, pdf)

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