Renzo Martens

Renzo Martens is a visual artist, and the artistic director of the Institute for Human Activities.

Renzo Martens is a visual artist, and the artistic director of the Institute for Human Activities (IHA). His recent presentations include shows in the Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven). He is a researcher at KASK, University College Ghent and at the World Fellows Program at Yale University.

Martens became known for his controversial documentaries Episode I (2003) and Episode III: Enjoy Poverty (2008). Since 2012 he runs the Institute for Human Activities, a gentrification program in the Congolese rainforest.

"The Institute for Human Activities (IHA) began its operations in 2012 on a former Unilever plantation, located on a tributary of the Congo River, 800 kilometers up-stream from Kinshasa. Here, in one of the most disadvantaged regions of the world, the Institute launched its five-year Gentrification Program in order to recalibrate art’s critical mandate." (Quote from website, 2014).

In 2014 V2_ started a collaboration with Renzo Martens' Institute for Human Activities.

Renzo Martens: www.renzomartens.com

Institute for Human Activities: www.humanactivities.org

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