Mare Veen



Photo: Sara Donkers

Artist’s statement

My work is about the norms and judgments we put upon ourselves (due to our social contexts, our education, our characters and our experiences from the past), and the desire to liberate myself from these limits, that is to be free and unprejudiced.

As an artist, I try to respond to locations that I carefully choose. I intervene using materials alien to the location. I direct my models thereby often challenging their physical abilities. I seek to find a relationship between a subject or an object and location that is interesting because it is surprising, in perfect harmony or in a way alienating.


Mare Veen (also known as Marloes Verhoeven, b.1977) is a Dutch photographer. She started her career studying theatre at the Theatre Academy in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Several years after, she decided to get a degree for Development Studies at the Centre for International Development Issues at the Radboud University, Nijmegen (CIDIN). After receiving her Master’s degree in 2004, she started working for various NGO’s in the human right’s sector in The Netherlands as well as in Latin American countries such as Peru, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Mexico.

Mare had her own dark room at the age of 17 and photographed ever since. It was not until the year 2011 however that she got introduced to the world of art photography and rediscovered her love for art. She started studying at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam and graduated in the year 2017. Up to day she still draws from her years performing in theatre, expressing herself through images and directing her subjects according to her view.

Based in Arnhem, The Netherlands