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[NL] Hoe kunnen we tolerant naar elkaar blijven in een wereld die steeds verder polariseert? Hoe kunnen we de status quo bevragen? Hoe kunnen we anders kijken naar ingeslepen gedrag en vastgeroeste denkbeelden?

Met zijn performances, tv-programma’s, publicaties, tekeningen, installaties, tours, video’s en educatieve projecten geeft Maarten Bel uiting aan het verlangen om nieuwe perspectieven te bieden op denkbeelden en gedrag.

[ENG] How can we remain tolerant towards each other in a world seemingly dominated by polarization? How can we question the status quo effectively? How can we consider other, often overlooked views on ourselves and our surroundings?

Using his performances, television shows, publications, drawings, installations, tours, video’s and educative projects, Maarten Bel expresses a desire to offer both himself and others a new perspective. This he communicates through the visual aspects of his artworks, but also through engaging in a direct interaction with his audience. A common thread in his works is the usage of comedy to lightheartedly introduce the audience to more existential questions, as well as to give meaning to everyday routine.

Reviews (selection):
2021, Mister Motley (webmagazine), Kunstonderwijs, door Susanne van Balveren, NL
2020, Rijnmond, Borduurkalender, Rotterdam, NL
2020, Open Rotterdam (TV), Anderhalve Meter Met, Rotterdam, NL
2020, Boijmans van Beuningen (online), Plan B, Rotterdam, NL
2020, Interview with Josje Hattink (audio), Comedy Club Syb, Beetserzwaag, NL
2020, Friesch Dagblad (newspaper), Comedy Club Syb, Beetserzwaag, NL
2019, Rijnmond (TV), Modeltrein Kerstfestijn, Rotterdam, NL
2019, AD Rotterdam (newspaper), Modeltrein Kerstfestijn, Schiedam, NL
2019, Boulevard Krant (newspaper), Clubhuis Artemis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
2019, Het Parool (newspaper), Valse Meesters, Amsterdam, NL
2019, Dwars (newspaper), Valse Meesters, Amsterdam, NL
2019, I.C.C. Gids (magazine), Halsoverkop, Haarlem, NL
2019, A.C. (newspaper), I Like School And School Likes Me, Zuid-Scharwoude, NL
2018, Radio 1 (radio), Tussen Kunst & Kids, This Art Fair, NL
2018, Theaterkrant (online), Plant, Parade Rotterdam, NL
2018, De Havenloods (newspaper), Pet Walk Of Fame, NL
2018, Editie NL – RTL Nieuws (online), Pet Walk Of Fame, NL
2018, NPO Radio 5 (radio), Pet Walk Of Fame, NL
2018, Radio Rijnmond (radio & TV), Pet Walk Of Fame, NL
2018, Telegraaf (newspaper), Pet Walk Of Fame, NL
2018, Het Parool (newspaper), Get A Pet Instead, Art Rotterdam, NL
2018, NRC (newspaper), Get A Pet Instead, Art Rotterdam, NL
2018, VPRO, Nooit Meer Slapen (radio), Get A Pet Instead, NL
2018, Radio Rijnmond (radio), Get A Pet Instead, NL
2018, Mister Motley (online), Bcademie Performance Bar, NL
2017, Het Parool (newspaper), Valse Meesters, This Art Fair Amsterdam, NL
2017, Corrupted Image (publication), Anita Hrnic & Folke Janssen, NL
2017, Jegens & Tevens (online), 10 Tips Voor De Jonge Kunstenaar, NL
2017, BNN (radio), Hoe gaat het met de kunstenaars in Nederland?, NL
2016, Jegens & Tevens (online), Café Bel (even) dicht / een terugblik, NL
2015, Mister Motley (online), Wereldbeeld, Wieke Teselink, NL
2014, Kairos Time (publication), Interview Bernd Krauss, NL
2013, TEDx Groningen (The World’s World), Stadsschouwburg Groningen, NL