Marjan Verstappen’s art practice encompasses installation, drawing, photography and performance. Through these disciplines she explores the cultural fallout from European expansion and colonization, in particular, its effect on agriculture and trade. She makes distinct bodies of work, often speculative in nature, that show us how colonization shapes the land, how we grow and consume food, and how we live with one another.
Notable exhibitions of her artwork include Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood (Art Gallery of Ontario), INSTRUMENTA II (National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta) Atlas of Nowhere (Ashburton Art Gallery, New Zealand) and Know The Ways (Flux Factory, NYC).
In 2014, after graduating from OCAD University, Marjan decided to become a curator. Together with Humboldt Magnussen, Marsya Maharani, and Geneviève Wallen she co-founded Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery - a gallery representing emerging artists in generation Y. In spite of being granted fantastic curatorial opportunities, and working with many talented artists through this endeavour, she could never put her art practice aside. Now, although she is still involved in YTB Gallery, she curates only seldomly, preferring to stay committed to her own art.
Verstappen grew up in Aotearoa/New Zealand, She moved to Canada in 2012, she lives in Toronto.