OUT OF THIS WORLD | Sanja Marušić

With her brightly colored landscape portraits, the Dutch-Croatian artist Sanja Marušić (1991) draws everyone's attention. They are representations of underlying themes in the life of a young woman. In 2021, the Nederlands Fotomuseum purchased the series Flowers in December (2015-16), one work of which is on permanent display in the Gallery of Honor of Dutch Photography. From 18 February, the museum in Rotterdam will show the first solo exhibition of this versatile visual artist.

The exhibition not only shows Sanja Marušić' photos, but also videos, sketches, costumes and props that she used to create the images. A visit to OUT OF THIS WORLD is a journey through sets and soundscapes that stimulates all senses.

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Vast, desolate landscapes, vibrant colours: Sanja Marušić creates new worlds with her images. She travels to the corners of the world for this, but also easily uses her living room as a backdrop. Photography is always her starting point. She is guided by a love for experimenting with shapes, colors and layers. She then uses a variety of analog and digital techniques. The image is therefore sometimes changed in such a way that it looks like you are looking at a painting. For Sanja, the performances, the creation of a set, the handmade props and post-processing are just as important as the photo itself.

Eutierria (2019) © Sanja M
Before You, Part Two © Sanja Marušić


The exhibition starts with 13 works from the Collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, from the series Flowers in December (2015-16). Subsequently, themes that inspired Sanja are discussed. For example, the series Eutierria (2019) depicts her honeymoon, the series Before You (2020) captures her pregnancy and the series Sasha and Sanja (ongoing) deals with her motherhood. With her photos she investigates her own transformation. At the same time, she tries to escape the everyday worries and obligations of motherhood. In this way she creates a new reality and invites the audience to enter it together with her.

Flowers in December 12, 2016/2017 © Sanja Marušić Nederlands Fotomuseum

Mysterious exhibition design

Guest curator Mira Matić designed a special spatial object for the exhibition. The closed, organic volume is a metaphor for Sanja Marušić' brain. Nestled between the concrete columns of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, it forces the visitor to find an opening. Once inside, you enter an imaginative world consisting of a chain of different spaces, each representing a phase in Sanja Marušić life. For a moment, you will lose touch with everyday reality and see the world through the eyes of the artist.

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Sanja Marušić

Sanja Marušić (1991) is a Dutch-Croatian artist and one of the most promising voices in photography today. She was nominated for the Paul Huf Award 2020 and competed for the Picto Prix de La Mode of the prestigious Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. She has exhibited at home and abroad and has been published in the New York Times, among others. Her work has previously been on display in the Mauritshuis, the Van Gogh Museum and Paris Photo, among others. Her work is also part of the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography in the Nederlands Fotomuseum.


Sanja Marušić publishes in collaboration with publisher Hannibal Book from Belgium a 166-page colorful book: The Endless Colored Ways. The foreword is written by Selin Kuşçu (1991) and the book is designed by Agnès Dahan Studio from Paris.

The book will soon be for sale in our museum shop and online. Price €49.95.

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