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 the ways in which works are made outside of standardized norms. For Hansma, a photograph might be created over months, an entire exhibition might happen in ‘transitional spaces’ such as hallways, doorways or window sills. A hand-stitched curtain slows down an exhibition’s motion, providing a soft cut moved from a slight breeze from outside air, or a film focuses on the moment a wave crashes into architecture. 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.
Jason was born in Lahore Pakistan, 1988, completed a Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute and was a participant at the Jan van Eyck.
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, Parc Saint-Léger Centre d’art Contemporain, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Centre International d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière, Center For Contemporary Art Futura, Jan van Eyck and De Appel among others.
Jason Hendrik Hansma has been a tutor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Masters Program at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), Columbus College of Art and Design, Masters of Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam, and is currently a Rietveld/Sandberg research fellow.
Jason is co-director of Shimmer (along with curator Eloise Sweetman), an exhibition space in the shipping port of Rotterdam. Shimmer has collaborated and shown over 60 practices such as stanley brouwn, Raqs Media Collective, Theo van Doesburg, Marcel Duchamp, Ian Kiaer, Elena Narbutaite, Kate Newby, PUBLICS, Sarah Rifky, Lawrence Weiner and Louwrien Wijers, amongst others.
Jason lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.