Address Unknown II

A two part exhibition in Edicola Radetzky, Milano curated by Fiorella Fontana e Giulio Verago in collaboration with Viafarini. Artists: Loukia Alavanou,Paolo Brambilla, Die Furlani-Gobbi Sammlung, Fiorella Fontana, Guildor, Adi Haxhiaj, Sharon Houkema, Davide Marzorati, Nicolò Masiero Sgrinzatto, Francesco Pacelli, Matteo Pizzolante, Hans Richter, Natalia Trejbalova.


MidWest Poetry Fest

The Madison Arts + Literature Laboratory in Wisconsin will be screening my video during the MidWest Poetry Fest, taking place November 19th & 20th 2020 which will show the work of local, national, and international poets and filmmakers.


Patterns in resistance

Kulturo - Journal of literature, art and politics releases #49 "Patterns in Resistance", a solidly interwoven magazine with texts and artistic contributions. The issue is releaased14/6/2020 in collaboration with Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology and the Danish art biennale Alt_Cph.

Voorjaar 2020

In july 2020 De Ketelfactory releases "Spring 2020", a colourful box of fifty cahiers, in which fifty artists reflect playfully and seriously, conceptually and anecdotally, upon a spring marked by COVID-19. Order here: >



Group exhibition with: Sharon Houkema, Willem Besselink, Maarten Overdijk, Machiel van Stokkum, Rosalie van Oorschot, Max Kuiper, Mirka Farabegoli, Aracelly Scheper. The artists show work that originated during their working period in the "Secret Bunker". The organization of the exhibition is in the hands of Omstand together with guest curator Heidi Linck. From January 4 to February 23, 2020, every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00, or by appointment. More info: >

Secrets Revealed

On December 12, in De Groen Collection in Arnhem "The Secret Bunker - Secrets Revealed" took place as part of OMSTAND X DE.GROEN. In addition to an artist talk with former residents Rosalie van Oorschot, Willem Besselink, Machiel van Stokkum and Aracelly Scheper moderated by Fenne Saedt, I gave a lecture on my work process in the Cold War bunker. The title of the lecture: "Slow Art, Slow Violence" more info on the evening here >

De Geheime Bunker

May and june 2019 I have been working in Mondriaanfonds Binnenland Atelier "De Geheime Bunker", in Arnhem (NL). This is a cold war military bunker, which function was to boost fuel through a secret network of pipelines. Snapshots from the research I undertook in this context can be viewed via the Pinterest page, which you may find here >


The Ketelfactory presents their new collection "Stil", with works by all of their previously exhibited artitsts, as well as the "Stiltemuseum from Rob Vrakking".The exhibition runs from. 26 January to 14 July 2019. More info here >


Opium Radio

At the invitation of the Rijksakademie I will be guest at VondelCS & Opium Radio "De Torenkamer", from 19-23 november. You can listen and read the blog here (in Dutch) >

Style is forbidden!

The book STYLE IS FORBIDDEN!, with 68 GRA Alumni contributions, edited by Frans Oosterhof, will launched November 7 2018 from 4-6 pm, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Auditorium of the FedLev building, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam. Pics here >

On the road with
Land Art Contemporary

On 9 September 2018 Land Art Contemporary organized an excursion in Drenthe in which a number of art projects were visited that were initiated by the foundation. Artists Laurence Aëgerter, Sharon Houkema, Neeltje ten Westenend and Collectief Walden personally introduced their art projects.



On May 5 and 6 2018 the artists working on Marne Art present their ideas in the Victoriuskerk in Pingjum, during a Festival called "Waailand".
By way of introducing my proposal I gave a mini-lecture/performance on "sea-mothers". One example of a "sea-mother" is Sedna (image). In Inuit mythologie Sedna was thrown overboard by her father, because she refused to be married. From her chopped off fingers the animals of the sea came into being.

Marne Art

Working on a Marne Art | Sense of Place commission proposal for an artwork located near the Wadden Sea in Friesland. The approximately 12 meter high "Green Wall" over there separating land from sea truly is a sight.


Aanwinsten 2016-2017

Exhibition with Heddy-John appeldoorn, Daniëlle van ark, Margriet van Breevoort, Adam Colton, Johan Creten, l.J.a.D Creyghton, Siert Dallinga, Fleur van Dodewaard, Marnix Goossens, Sharon Houkema, alexandra Hunts, Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Joost Krijnen, Ola Lanko, Katja Mater, lana Mesic, Krista van der Niet, Wouter van riessen, Daniel van Straalen, Jennifer Tee, Roy Villevoye, Jan Maarten Voskuil. LUMC gallery Leiden, 1 februari t/m 15 april 2018



New home

The artwork "Positive Disintegration Meditation"found a new home in Dalen, thanks to Land Art Contemporary. The artwork can be visited by appointment.

Friesch Dagblad>


Is there life after lifestyle?

Solo-exhibition with works from Sharon Houkema on consumerism, the global ecological crisis and active hope. Curated by Lucette ter Borg, in the Ketelfactory Schiedam, from 8 October 2016 till 8 January 2017. The Ketelfactory website can be found here >



The publication 'Is There Life After Lifestyle "is the catalog of the eponymous exhibition of Sharon Houkema. The book was published at the opening of the exhibition on October 8, 2016. Available at the Ketelfactory ( >), and in the Rijksakademie during RA Open.


Video portrait

A video portrait made by Kim Zeegers for the Ketelfactory on the occasion of the exhibition "Is there life after Lifestyle."

Masterclass NVC

In the framework of the exhibition 'Is there life after lifesyle' I invited tutor Yoram Mosenzon for an introduction into Nonviolent Communication. Nonviolent Communication is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and will only resort to violent or harmful behavior when they don't recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. The Masterclass takes place November 2, 2016. The exhibition runs untill 8 January 2017, opening times can be found here >


Reviews: Is there life after lifestyle?
Tubelight> and Volkskrant>


Volkskrant Art award, 10 years

"The Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs celebrates a ten year jubilee showing the winners: Nathalie Bruys (2006), Guido van der Werve (2007), Eylem Aladogan (2009), Navid Nuur (2010), Ahmet Ögüt (2011), Tala Madani (2012), Femmy Otten (2013), Floris Kaayk (2014), Bram De Jonghe (2015), and the audience favourites: Sharon Houkema (2010), Nik Christensen (2011), Sarah van Sonsbeeck (2012), Zoro Feigl (2013), Floris Kaayk (2014), Levi van Veluw (2015). Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 8 October 2016 – 22 January 2017. More info here >


Larga Vida a la Nueva Carne

Videofestival Larga Vida a la Nueva Carne on the consequences of the transformation from flesh into image, takes place in several venues in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Oct 15, 2016 till Jan 17, 2017.


Into Nature

Kampsheide is a nature reserve near Assen that is home to prehistoric burial mounds and a dolmen. Commissioned by IntoNature and Land Art Contemporary in association with Drents Landschap Sharon Houkema developed a temporary artwork that marks the transition between Holocene and Anthropocene.
Into Nature Art expedition will take place from 2 July till 19 September 2016. The artwork is accessible tuesdays to sundays 11:00-17:00. Information on the event can be found here >

Reviews: Into Nature
NRC>, Volkskrant> and Dagblad van het Noorden>

Weather or Not #7

"Why tidy my exhibition space when the whole world is in a mess?" asks artist Sharon Houkema and transforms the space into the untidy 'oikos' of an imaginary environmentally consciouss consumer. Reminiscent of a natural history diorama we see animals such as polar bears and whales on dishes, laundry and food packaging, with their Eco-certifications, logos and calls for action all equally competing for our attention.
From April 1- May 15, 2016, Thursday & Friday 10.00 - 18.00h, Sat 11.00 - 17.00h, Sun 13.00 - 17.00h, at MU artspace | Plug In City, Strijp-S, across Onder De Leidingstraat. More on MU can be found here >



Playing the Bucky Card

"Playing the Bucky Card" takes the 6,6m3 exhibition space of Probe and the fact that it is a model as a point of departure. Within the confines of the exhibition space Houkema recreated a slice of earth which - topped with special effects, climate change references and peace symbols - forms an ambiguous model that acknowledges both potential and limitations in sparking change in the world.
With an essay by Dominic van den Boogerd in a design from Charlie Berendsen. Both the exhibition as well as the visual essay can be found here >


Impose Enact -
The artist's persona

The first of two issues in which Kunstlicht magazine investigates artists’ personae in an interdisciplinary and diachronic series of scholarly and artistic contributions. How can the artist’s persona be defined, what are its modes of meaning production, and what ends does it serve?
Editorial by Jesse Van Winden & Angela Bartholomew with contributions by Sharon Houkema, Bill Burns, Marieke Van Wamel, Jos ten Berge, Philip Auslander, Sven Lütticken, Laurens Ham, and Sarah Walsh. Read more >


De Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender

The calender with work by Amsterdam based artists and designers will be available from november 2015.

Reviews: Palace in wonderland
Museumtijdschrift >, Trendbeheer >
Mr Motley>
and Lucy>


Palace in wonderland

From june 19th till september 13th, 2015 seven artists present new temporary artworks in the landscape gardens of Soestdijk Palace. It is the first time that the garden forms the backdrop for a series of artworks that respond to this particular location, its colorful past while hinting at a yet unspecified future. With: Zoro Feigl, Sharon Houkema, John Körmeling, Reinier Lagendijk, Ingrid Mol, André Pielage en Benjamin Verdonck. Read more>

6th CVF Highlights
in Dubai

DUCTAC’s Gallery of Light is delighted to introduce Medrar to the UAE and to host a selection of highlights from the sixth Cairo Video Festival.



How can we define the relationship between image and spectator if the borders between public and private space are fading? With Aram Tanis, Constant Dullaart, Florian Göttke, Ola Lanko, Sanne Peper, Anna Bedaux, Thomas Kuijpers, Sharon Houkema and Manó Dániel Szöllősi. From 28/11/14 - 17/01/15 at Bergstraat 3, Amsterdam. Read more>

6th Cairo Video Festival

November 8-20 2014 at Medrar for Contemporary Art.

I am not doing anything until I feel the need

365 Artists joined in a calender by Joanneke Meester, with an exhibition at De Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam from 16/10/14 till 28/11/14.


Review: Laws of Imitation in het Drentse Landschap..
Monshouwereditions, in Dutch.
Read more >

The Laws of Imitation

An exhibition and activity program on landscape and recreation at KIK, Kolderveen by Sharon Houkema, with contributions from Constant Dullaart, Floor Meijers, Malcolm Kratz, Pilvi Takkala, Semâ Bekirovic, and more, 5 - 26 oktober 2014. Read more >

Mondriaanfonds binnenland atelier

Residency at KIK, Kolderveen, NL september-october 2014.

And now something else
(How to phonedraw a ship)

Exhibition with Semâ Bekirovic, Stanley Brouwn, Martijn Engelbregt, Sharon Houkema, Heringa/ Van Kalsbeek, Marc Nagtzaam, curated by Saskia Monshouwer at the Noord Holland Biennal, Purmerends Museum, NL until 31/08/14

Review: Onder Invloed
MetropolisM, in Dutch.
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A manifestation by guest curators Semâ Bekirovic and Tudor Bratu on how the interpretation and meaning of a work of art changes through time and place & to what extent an artist can control his or her work's future. With Arthur Woods, Austin Houldsworth, Jonas Lund, Lorna Mills, Voebe de Gruyter, Wijnand de Jonge and many others from May 23 – June 22 at several locations in Amsterdam. Read more>

Dada Filmlab

Exhibition with Sharon Houkema, Joanneke Meester, Pim Zwier, Liza May Post, Bas Schrevers, Hedwig Houben, curated by Hester Jenkins at Museum Dr8888, 6/7 july 2013.

I Feel So (Un)Real

BE #20, with monographic articles on the works of Francisco Alonzo, Erika Baglyas, Gerry Bibby, Isabel Carvalho, Ben Cauchi, Hadassah Emmerich, Roey Heifetz, Sharon Houkema, Hyein Lee, Michael Lee, Jenny Lindblom, Emmanuel Madan, Mahony, Jumana Manna, Erina Matsui, Eileen Maxson, Panayiotis Michael, Kevin Schmidt, Thabiso Sekgala, Liv Strand, Jasper Sebastian Stürup, Aiko Tezuka, Carla Zaccagnini und Marie Zolamian.

Reviews of the exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlijn
Mr Motley>, Gallerytalk Berlin>, NPRBerlin>


Support bracelets

Free support bracelets thanks to the Dutch Embassy, Berlin, to support the exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin 18.01. – 10.02.2013

Why tidy my exhibition space when the whole world is in a mess?

Solo exhibition by Sharon Houkema, grantee of the Mondriaan Fonds within the International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 17/01/13- 10/02/13.