Martin Brand was born in Bochum, Germany in 1975, and studied Art and German philology in Bochum and Dortmund until 2002. He lives and works in Cologne.
In his artistic work, he deals with social and political issues, which he explores with filmic and photographic means. The starting point for him are often phenomena, that he finds disturbing, irritating and unsettling, but at the same time also attracts and fascinates him. Starting from the surface, he tries to reveal connections and structures, to look behind the façade, and ultimately to confront the viewer with a counterpart, challenging him to a critical confrontation. Topics such as youth and subculture, the search for identity, violence, gender stereotypes, orientation on role models, influence by mass media and advertising, group hierarchies and mechanisms are central to his work.
His works have been shown at numerous exhibitions and festivals and are part of various art collections such as the Goetz Collection in Munich, the Museum Ostwall in Dortmund or the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt. He received project grants and scholarships and was awarded for his work several times.