Marianna Maruyama is an artist and writer based in The Hague. She works across a range of media and modalities – often with the body and voice – dealing with presence, physicality, and communication. Unspoken contracts, personal fictions, and labor – these are a few of the elements that find their way into her work. “Translation is one way of talking about what I do, whether I am making a video, a book, a sound work or a performance. Translation is the method I use to prepare for an encounter; it is not just a process of reformulating a message from one language into another. Translation is a labor intensive, context-dependent process, as well as a form of critical reflection.”
She has tutored at the Dutch Art Institute, guest lectured at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and is an artist-researcher at the invitation of the Sedje Hémon Foundation in The Hague. Marianna Maruyama’s work has been performed and exhibited in documenta14 Parliament of Bodies, Kassel (DE), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), CAC Vilnius (LT), The Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam (NL), The Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL), and IMPAKT festival, Utrecht (NL). Selected publications include: Performing Security (The Fifth Season); Translation as Method (Kunstlicht), Three Movements (Casco/DAI), Farocki’s Living Room (Harun Farocki Institut). She has been artist in residence at The Fifth Season (NL), the Nida Art Colony (LT), and the Royal Netherlands Institute Rome (2020/2021).