Marjet Zwaans lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and Pikin Slee (SR)


also active within two artist collectives:

Collectief Un Prati a Patu (CUPP) founded with Razia Barsatie

Collectief Totomboti Marjet Zwaans & Totomboti - Unfair Amsterdam


Artist Marjet Zwaans (Groningen, NL 1988) works with contagious enthusiasm in a variety of collaborations. Interdependencies are reflected in all her works. She translates regenerative systems and concepts from ecological economics into spatial installations, workshops and performances.


In correspondence with other artists, Zwaans moves in a pre-arranged, but not fixed, direction. In which they do not merge, but in which each can contribute from their own experience, expertise and from that arising viewpoint and thinking. Correspondence is central; it is about complementing, contributing, opposing and in this way mutually reinforcing. 



2019 - 2020 / Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht


2024 / Esplanade, Singapore

2023 / Buitenplaats Doornburgh, Maarssen

2023 / Artist collective Totomboti, Pikin Slee, Suriname

2023 / Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Award with CUPP, Amsterdam 

2022 / Artist collective Totomboti, Pikin Slee, Suriname

2022 / Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Award with CUPP, Amsterdam

2021 / AGALAB, Amsterdam

2019 / Waag | technology & society, Amsterdam

2023 / supported by Mondriaan Fund

2022 / Stichting Stokroos, special project fund for CUPP

2021 / supported by Mondriaan Fund

2021 / supported by AFK for a collaborative project with David Habets

2021 / Nomination Theodora Niemeijer Prize, as duo Razia Barsatie Marjet Zwaans

2019 / Stipend Prince Bernhard Culture Fund

2016-2017 / Stipend for emerging artists (WJT), Mondriaan Fund


2014-2015 / Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Msc. Cultural Economics

2013 / Universidad de Chile Santiago, Exchange semester

2009-2013 / Academie Minerva Groningen, Bsc. Fine Art

2007-2011 / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Bsc. Economics and Business Economics




2019 / Lichen liken, Hot House (by Kent Chan) within Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

2017 / plurality of right here right now, Membrane x Stellwerk @ documenta 14, Kassel, Germany

2017 / RELATIVELY DELINEATING to trace / to depict / to describe / to outline, Galerie David de Boer, Amsterdam

2015-2016 / Born of concentration, The talent room RAM foundation, Rotterdam

2013 / CUBO - NO TAN BLANCO, Galería Banco Negro, Santiago, Chile


Group (selection)

2023 / Silence #47: Call and Response for Talking Drum and Organ Tongue, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

2023 / Decennial Dialogues, Academie Minerva Groningen

2023 / Correspondence for Choir [6.15], Villa Mondriaan en Klimop. Winterswijk

2023 / What are the words you do not have yet? Jajajaneeneenee; FramerFramed, Amsterdam

2023 / Listening session #1, with Edje Doekoe and Toya Saakie. Buro Stedelijk, Auditorium Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2023 / If forests talk, CAPC Museum Bordeaux

2022 / Correspondence for Choir: Open Rehearsal, Marres Maastricht

2022 / Unfair 22, Amsterdam

2022 / If Forests Talk, Singapore Art week 

2020 / Unfair 20, Amsterdam

2020 / Open Studios, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

2020 / The Wall at the End of the Rainbow (curated by Natasha Marie Llorens) / Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht 

2019 / Far-off Nearby, Nieuw-Dakota, Amsterdam

2018 / Tembe fu libi, Moengo Triennial, Moengo, Suriname 

2018 / Prospects and Concepts, ART Rotterdam

2015 / Meer dan een foto, de Vishal, Haarlem

2014 / Undo Space, duo show met Anne Kolbe, Galerie Het Langhuis, Zwolle

2013 / Art Olive Jong Talent 2013, Amsterdam

2013 / Inside Out - Outside In IV, Museum Belvédère, Heereveen

2012/ In Search of... (deel 3), Galerie Waalkens Finsterwolde