Marenka Gabeler

Location: London

My project focuses on processes of remembering: on how we forget and how we remember. I explore a poetry that is found in the attempts to retrieve memories. Memories are reconstructions of our lives. They are selective and change over time. There is no such thing as an objective memory. In the reconstruction of remembering someone we love, we unconsciously construct a whole fairytale of memories. We create and recreate.

I am a Dutch artist whose work inhabits a multidisciplinary field. I use painting, drawing, photography, performance and video to research themes around identity, memory and loss. Various media and found objects come together in site-specific installations.

Exhibiting internationally, my work is held in high profile collections such as Caldic, Torch gallery, and Alison Jacques gallery. My projects have taken me on residencies in Japan, Syria, Majorca, Indonesia, Venice, and Aldeburgh.

Awards I have received to support my art practice are Startstipendium Fonds BKVB 2000, Project Subsidie Fonds BKVB 2004-2005, winner of the Parallel Prize for Painting 2006, Boise Travelscholarship Slade School of Art 2008.



2014 Solo Show, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam

2012 Psycholgy of Fire, Solo exhibition, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York

2011 Musings, Solo exhibition, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam

2008 Solo Show, Museum of Installations, London, England


2014 From David Bomberg to Paula Rego - The London Group in Southampton

The London Group on London, Group exhibition with The London Group

2014 Spoil and Fill, As part of Amanda Loomes project, Studio 1.1, London supported by Arts Council England

2013 Huguenot Silk in Spitalfields Houses, exhibition of photographs as part of the Huguenots in Spitalfields Festival 2013

2010 Locus Solus, Group Exhibition curated by Sozita Goudouna at the
Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece

Longstories, launch of a film made in collaboration with Amanda Loomes
for lung cancer awareness month in the Netherlands

Sanjh, group exhibition for Relief of Flood Affectees, Alhamra Art
Galleries, Lahore, Pakistan

Gabeler-Kraal, with Doina Kraal, galerie 32-34, Amsterdam

2009 Inhabitants, with Sarah Douglas in Georgian Spitalfields house, London

2008 Longstories II, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam , Netherlands

Divination, Brunswick centre, London, England

Mappamundi, Project Space Anna, Den Haag

The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London

2007 Can Marques, intervention at Can Marques, Majorca, Spain

Divination, performance with Lucy Pawlak, Project space Hamburg, Germany

2006 Generation, Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London

2000 Paris Photo, International Photography Fair, Louvre, Paris, France

Nieuwspoort, Dutch Young Talent, The Hague, Netherlands