Miriam Sentler (b. 1994, DE, based in Rotterdam/Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a visual artist and artistic researcher. She graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam (MA Artistic Research, 2020) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht (BFA Fine Arts, 2016). For her graduation project at the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht, she was nominated for the Henriette Hustinx Faculty Prize, the Ron Mandos Young Blood Award, and the Young Master Award. She participated in residencies and artistic research projects in Italy, Norway and Belgium and exhibited her work in group exhibitions across Europe. In 2020, she received the Mondriaan Fund Stipendium for Emerging Artists.

Artist Statement

Departing from a strong site-specific perspective, Sentler mostly works within the disciplines of installation, video, audio and text. Her work deals with the traveling of humans, animals and matter, highlighting material and historical networks existing within landscapes currently changing due to climate change, migration or industry. By using the notion of bricolage, as phrased by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss in 1962, her work critically reviews the continuous interaction of the human and non-human, exploring contexts in which the boundaries between nature and culture are being blurred through the inference of myth, ritual and storytelling. The entangled histories of her subjects are told through narrative installations and a poetic ‘rhyming’ of things, often carried out in collaboration with other individuals, scientists or the audience.

Kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund in 2020/2021

Curriculum Vitae


2018 - 2020              MA Artistic Research, cum laude, University of Amsterdam (NL)  
2017 - 2017               Certificate, Goldsmiths University of Arts London (UK)    
2012 - 2016               BFA Fine Arts, cum laude, Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (NL)        

Residencies and Awards

2021            USF, The United Sardine Factory, International Residency, Bergen (NO)

2020            Stipendium for Emerging Artists, Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, 2020/2021, Mondriaan Fund (NL)
2018             RAVI, Résidences Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liége (BE)
2017             La Wayaka Current, Arctic Island Residency, Sørøya (NO)
2016             Nomination Young Blood Award - Gallery Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)
2016             Nomination Henriëtte Hustinx Award, Faculty Prize Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (NL)

2016             Nomination Young Master Award, Media Art Festival Friesland, AADK Spain (NL, ES)

Selected Exhibitions 

upcoming and current

2022 Prospects, Art Rotterdam, Van Nellefabriek Rotterdam (NL) 
2021 Festival of Imagination, Marl Quarry ENCI, Maastricht (NL)

2021 Exploded View II, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
2020 Mobile Cinema Reloaded, Gallery Karin Wimmer - Digital Art Space, Munich (DE) 

2020 Ecotones - Bodies in Tension, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)
2020 Objets Trouvés/Verloren Voorwerpen, with Nowhere collective, curated by Bert Puype, Bruges (BE)
2019  Exploded View I, MACRO Museum for Contemporary Art / Ex Cartiera Latina, Rome (IT)
2019  Letters from the South with Nowhere Collective, The Wrong - Digital Art Biennale (WW)
2019  Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (NL)
2019  Fairshare, CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt (BE)
2019  Ten is for God, Neverneverland, Amsterdam (NL)
2018  Elite 2018, KRIEG Gallery, Hasselt (BE)
2018  L'Art pour elkaar, Bureau Europa, Maastricht (NL)
2018  Do you nowhere zine launch, SB34 The Pool, Brussels (BE)
2018  Museumnacht, Natural History Museum, Maastricht (NL)
2018  Ouverture des Ateliers, RAVI, Résidences Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liège (BE)
2017  Solastalgia, AINSI, Maastricht (NL)
2017  Open studios, La Wayaka Current Arctic Base, Sørøya (NO)
2017  Slow Accident, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)
2017  Marres Currents: Running Time, Marres, Maastricht (NL)
2017  Realities Revised,  B32, Maastricht (NL)
2016  Young Masters, Media Art Festival, Leeuwarden (NL)
2016  Fresh Cacao, de Cacaofabriek, Helmond (NL)
2016  Changement du perspective,  Biennale L’image Possible, Liège (BE)
2016  Best of graduates 2016, Gallery Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL)
2016  Graduation show Bachelor Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Maastricht (NL)
2016  U Turn, Apprentice Master, MKE Barcsay Hall, Budapest (HU)


2016 Commission by the municipality of Maastricht for Artwork in the Waldeckpark, Maastricht (NL)

2016-2018 Commission for Art & Research Project ‘Overgangszone’ by SIP & SOME, Maastricht (NL)

2018-2021 Commission by CLUE+, SIP and Zone2Source for Art & Research Project ‘Exploded View’, Parco Regionale dell’ Appia Antica, Rome (IT)

Selected Press

2020 ‘Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 2020’, Trichis Books, Breda.

2019 ‘De Overgang van Dorpen naar Meren.’ Publication essay, online and print, translated and edited by Brenda Tempelaar, Tubelight Magazine 111.

2019 ‘Op atelierbezoek bij Miriam Sentler’ Interview by Paul Voors, Kunstblijfteenraadsel.

2019 ‘Micro Art Initiatives #22: Het online zine Nowhere.’ Interview with Lotte van Geijn, Metropolis M.

2018 ‘Art contemporain : portes ouvertes aux résidences-ateliers Ravi.’ TV report by F. Bonivert for RTC Tele Liége, 29th of june 2018.

2017 ‘The Horrific History of Erik Thorvaldsson.’ published by Welmer Keesmaat for Tique Art Paper.

2017 ‘Four-year Anniversary Issue’ D!NG Art Magazine, London.

2016 ‘Ron Mandos: Best of Graduates 2016’ exhibition review by Jorik Amit Galama, SSBA Salon.

2016 ‘Ron Mandos; Best of Graduates.’ exhibition review, Niek Hendrix, Lost Painters.

2016 ‘Eindexamen expo ABK Maastricht’ exhibition review, Niek Hendrix, Lost Painters.

2015 ‘New Dutch Photography Talent’, GUP Magazine, Amsterdam. 

Work as Freelancer in Cultural Sector

2020-present Research assistant for various artists
2018-present Co-founder and editor of artist collective/zine Nowhere
2018-present Guided tours and education at Garage Rotterdam
2017-2017 Set design assistant Izzy Parker Studio London
2014-2016 Volunteer Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht

Artist Talks and presentations (selection)

2021 Artist talk at ARRG - Artistic Research Research Group, ASCA, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (NL)

2021 Artist talk at Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

2019 Artist talk at Printing Plant Art Book Fair, with Mariam Zulfiqar (Chief Curator and Deputy Director, UP Projects London), Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (NL)

2019 Artist talk at MACRO, Museum for Contemporary Art Rome, with Exploded View Project (IT) 

2019 Artist talk at University of Oxford, organized by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Oxford (UK)

2019 Artist talk at CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt (BE)
2018 Artist talk at Ex Cartiera Latina, Rome (IT)

2018 Artist talk at VU Archaeology department, funded by CLUE+, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

2017 Artist talk at Natural History Museum, organized by Overgangszone, Maastricht (NL)

2016 Artist talk at Jan van Eyck for Marres Currents #4, Maastricht (NL)


2020 Guest Teacher, Master Art History, University of Amsterdam (NL)

2017 - 2019  Guest Teacher, Propedeutic and 3rd year Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (NL)

Selected Essays

2020 ‘A Loveletter to Untilled by Pierre Huyghe.’ Love Letters to an Artwork, 24th of November 2020, 1.025 words
- Read on

2020 ‘Shifting Earth Archivers - Human and Non-Human Memory, Activism and Archiving in Relation to North-Rhine Westphalian Lignite Industry.’  University of Amsterdam Master Thesis, supervised by Dr. Miriam van Rijsingen and Dr. Paula Albuquerque. 17.477 words
- Read on Academia

2019 ‘De Overgang van Dorpen naar Meren.’ Published Essay, edited by Brenda Tempelaar. Tubelight Magazine TL #111, October 2019, 3.000 words - Read on Tubelight