Jay Wendy Tan makes sculptures, performances, sound and video work. In spherical work Tan creates - often with everyday household or do-it-yourself materials and mechanics - open environments with meaningful constructions. Decoration is a political gesture for them. Tan (United Kingdom, 1982) completed the Piet Zwart Institute in 2010 and was resident at the Rijksakademie in 2014-15. Tan showed their work at CACC Paris, Ujazdowki Castle in Warsaw and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, is a lecturer at the Rietveld Academy and the MA Artistic Research at the KABK, and co-founder of Tender Center in Rotterdam.
Geo Wyeth moves between music, performance, installation and video. In their narrative work absurdity, theater and poetry come together. The characters that Wyeth embodies try to break free from the position in which they seem to be stuck, whereby music often functions as a portal to another reality. Wyeth (United States, 1984) studied at Bard College (NY) and was resident at the Rijksacademie in 2015-16. Hen has exhibited and performed at The New Museum, MoMA PS1, New York Live Arts, LA MoCA, Boston ICA, Stedelijk Museum, De Nieuwe Kerk, Van Abbemuseum, MAMA, TENT Rotterdam and more, and is a teacher at WdKA and DAi.
9th edition of the Dolf Henkes Prize
Dolf Henkes (Rotterdam, 1903–1989) was a Rotterdam painter who lived and worked in Katendrecht. His oeuvre tells the story of the world around him: people and the port, still lifes, landscapes, the devastation of the war, portraits and nude studies. At the end of 1945 he got on the boat to Curaçao. Everything on the island would make a deep impression on him after the dark years of the war at home - the colors, the light, everyday life. He processed his impressions in his own visual language and Curaçao had a lasting influence on his work. After the death of Henkes and after the death of Jan and Marie Henkes, the Dolf Henkes Foundation was formed from the estate of the brother and sister. The board of this fund decided in 20o4 to establish the Dolf Henkes Prize and has since been awarded every two years to visual artists from Rotterdam or Curaçao. Previous, now internationally known winners are: Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Katarina Zdjelar, Gyz La Rivière, Lara Almarcegui, Erik van Lieshout, Melvin Moti, Lidwien van de Ven and Jeroen Eisinga.
The Henkes Prize is made possible in part by a contribution from the Henkes fund, which is held by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.