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Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma

Integrated Practice: In Conversation

Integrated Practice: In Conversation

Seventeen years ago, Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma began developing their ideas on curating, art making and arts management while working as Gallery Attendants at PICA. Sweetman and Hendrik Hansma now co-run Shimmer, an exhibition space in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and work as independent artists and curators.

They return to PICA to discuss the concept of ‘integrated practice,’ where the different facets of their studio practice, like curating, publishing and teaching, take inspiration from one another to form the basis for Shimmer.

Shimmer has worked with over 120 artists including, Bik Van der Pol, Ellen Gallagher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Liz Magor, Charlotte Posenenske, stanley brouwn, and Lawrence Weiner.

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About the Artist

As an artist Jason Hendrik Hansma’s work explores the in-between, the liminal, and the nearly articulate. Drawing from a wide range of references and materials, Hansma’s work deals with standards, architectural, cultural, and physical, along with how works are made outside of standardized norms. In the work, language (and the loss of language) plays a key role in moving through the politics of aesthetics to reconsider the means we use to locate ourselves through and with each other. Hansma’s exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings have been included at UNESCO, Bauhaus, Dessau, Maison van Doesburg, KADIST, Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Art Basel Hong Kong’s Satellite Program, Eye Filmmuseum, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, Centre Georges Pompidou, Jan van Eyck and De Appel among others. 

Curator and writer Eloise Sweetman explores the nuances of ‘not knowing’ and ‘intimacy’ in her curatorial practice. In a new research project, she delves into the concept of lingering as a metaphor for exhibitions. In 2019, Eloise co-curated “Lexicon of Infinite Movement” at the Kroller-Muller Museum and contributed to the first major exhibition of Charlotte Posenenske in the Netherlands. In 2022, she curated “We Hold You Close: A Song of Material Intimacy,” the inaugural solo exhibition of Katie West for the Perth Festival and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. She published “Curatorial Feelings” in 2021 (co-edited work with Jo-ey Tang) and co-hosts a podcast on curating “I Hope This Message Finds You Well” with Kris Dittel. 


Supporters

Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma are supported by Mondriaan Fonds Travel Voucher.