His work is situated exactly on the borderline between the past and the future; sometimes looking forward to the future of yesterday, sometimes looking back to the history of tomorrow. Currently he is investigating the influence of transatlantic trade of pivotal materials like rubber, oil, ivory, copper, cotton and uranium, on evolution and progress, the creation of nations and other global power structures. The initiated project Triangular Trade traces back the origin of the different materials and follows their (r)evolutionary path as they are processed and transformed into 'world changing wonders’.
Maarten Vanden Eynde (°1977, Belgium) graduated in 2000 from the free media department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (Netherlands), participated in 2006 in the experimental MSA Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles (USA) and finished a post graduate course in 2009 at HISK Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium) where he is a regular guest tutor. Since 2020 he is a PhD candidate at the UiB / University of Bergen in Norway. In 2017 he was nominated for the first Belgian Art Prize and won the Public Prize.