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Born and based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) Maarten van der Heijden is a 2010 graduate of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam.
Van der Heijden has exhibited in The Netherlands (Borne Synagogue), in Amsterdam (Arti et Amicitiae, D.M.O-Amsterdam Municipality Office of Social Development; Synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community), in Germany (Berlin), and in the USA (New York; St. Louis & Santa Fe).
Selected solo exhibitions include: “Overcoming Photography”, 2-6 October 2011, at 5Fotografen5Tage, Berlin, Germany; and “Martin”, 7 May – 13 June, 2011, at Borne Synagogue, Borne, The Netherlands.
Selected group exhibitions include: LJG Salon Artistique – Professional LJG artists show their works, curated by Jet Nafthaniel and others in 2014 at Synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark – O.M.D., curated by Martin C. de Waal, 2014 at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands; “uneXpected / juxtapositions, curated by Mickey Bond, 2013 at the Jay Etkin Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Freedom Imagined, Freedom Lived: An Artistic Review of the Passover Promise, curated by Naomi Fishman, 2012 at The Museum of ImaJewnation, St Louis, MO; and Making Connections – Maintaining and Expressing Jewish Identity Through Art, juried by Tobi Kahn & Yona Verwer, 2012 at Congregation Beth Torah, Brooklyn, NY.
In his works Van der Heijden uses the photographs the allied forces took at the liberation of the nazi concentrationcamps in 1945, photos that virtually disappeared from the public domain .
In addition Van der Heijden has been working since 2008 on an autobiographical archival artwork-in-progress on the internet @Maarten141BOXES, about the unpacking, archiving and documenting of the content of the 141 moving boxes he carries with him his whole life.
Van der Heijden does educational projects and lectures about his art, Holocaust-, Genocide- & Human Rights Education.
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