Wool Flannel, silk grosgrain, silk ‘twist’ thread, nylon, polished metal hardware.
285cm x 285cm x 3
Tailoring: Max Thomas Sanderson

  1. A room with white walls and a black floor. In the top left corner, a person who appears to be is walking away to another room. Their top torso is cropped, and only their black shorts and white shirt are shown. Spread out over most of the black floor is a translucent fabric. The top left corner of the fabric is folded and is wrinkled. The fabric continues until it's cropped by the frame of the image.
  2. A space with an arched entrance leads to another room. In the white room, there is an aluminium folding ladder folded into an A shape. Black suspenders connect both sides of the ladder. The left side is mostly cropped. Standing on the left side, three rungs from the top. Their back faces the viewer and much of their details are cropped. They wear black shoes, black shorts, and a white shirt. Inside the arched entrance, you see another room. This room has a dark grey curtain that is scrunched up and appears to be caught on something. You see a series of boxes on shelves in the other room. At the bottom, there appears to be a grey box that is opened.
  3. A room with a window and a translucent curtain with a curtain bundled up at the lower part of the frame. The curtain reaches the dark floor. Behind the curtain, there appears to be a door peeking at the very end of the photo. Below the windowsill, there is a heater. Light pours out the window. To the right of the window, there is a black strip. Outside the window, there is a vehicle which appears to be moving, its model obscured. Behind the vehicle is a tree, and behind the tree appears to be another building.
  4. The walls are white and the floor is black. In the centre of the image, there is a long, black strip. This rests in the back of the room. Below the line is a horizontal power socket with two plugs. The top left of this photo is a shadowy area caused by a part of the wall that juts out. In the top right corner, there is some light peeking from a small opening in the walls.
  5. Most of the bottom half is a dark floor, with some light from the room reflecting off it. The only part of the floor that lacks light is due to sculpture that stands up vertically. To the left of the wall is the entrance to another room. To the right of the sculpture, near the middle, is something that is unknown hanging from the wall. The right side is another room, with a black strip on the wall in the background, with what appears to be a power outlet near the bottom right of the floor.
  6. A grainy, black and white photo of a white room with a black floor. A translucent curtain divides this room diagonally. The forefront of the curtain dances while the curtain's background is a little more scrunched up. Silver speckles cover the floor. The room is mostly dark, save for some light coming from what appears to be the window on the right side of the room, as well as light coming from openings near the ceiling. In the back of this room, there is the entrance to another room, which appears to be similar in nature.
  7. A close-up of a translucent, plastic tarp that is hanging from the entrance to a room. The tarp covers the right side of the doorway, with some door hinges visible. The left side of this photo focuses on the room beyond the tarp. This room has white walls and a black floor. Near the top left part of the room, you can see five bars of light that are separate but form a corner of a square shape. It is unknown if these are light bulbs or sunlight from an opening.
  8. Stretched across a white-walled room with grey concrete floors, a chiffon curtain billows from the wind of an open window. Past the window, leaves on a tree flutter in the wind. The curtain stretches from the ceiling to the floor and across the length of the room. Underneath the curtain, is a small, reflective strip on the tiled floor. The sun from the window and from a path leading to another room lights the space and the chiffon.
  9. A rectangular black and white image with white soft dapples appear over the frame. In the upper third of the image, a hard-line interrupts these soft dapples. The line angles upwardly in the frame before leaving on the right side. Small white irregular marks appear over the top of the image pane.
  10. A detailed close-up of a black floor with bits of silver leaf scattered on it. Some pieces look like popcorn, while others are specs decorating the floor. This takes up the lower half of this picture. The upper half is grey and silver, with a semi-translucent curtain resting on the floor. There is is a gap in the tarp near the upper right corner.
  11. This image depicts a person with short, dark hair, a white shirt, black shorts, and black shoes. The person is looking into a white toolbox with a black exterior. The contents are not exactly known. This open toolbox is stacked on another. Behind it, there's a stack of other toolboxes with one open one at the time. Inside appeared to be several electronic gadgets and cords. The room itself appears to be a storage room or a garage. In the back is a tool bench with several tools, including what appears to be a white roll of paper. In the top left corner, we can see other shelves and belongings, but they are obscured by the lack of light. In the foreground, there is a black toolbox with a smaller red box on its right and a black and white box on the left. Behind that black toolbox is a darker toolbox standing up vertically. In front of that, there is a red fire extinguisher.

Selected work

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.

Recent texts/books

  • When it Comes to Certain Songs, Aphasia, the Studio, Abstraction and Disability. With annotations by Élisabeth Lebovici, Joseph Grigely, and Gordon Hall.

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  • A Centre Cannot Hold.
    New publication with a text by Jo-ey Tang.

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  • 2021
    Attitudes of the Unruly, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning and Dansehallerne, curated by Cédric Fauq, Copenhagen
  • 2021
    Towards a Bauhaus School Europe, Dessau
  • 2021
    New Publication with UNESCO, Paris
  • 2021
    Bread and Salt, The Community, Paris
  • 2021
    Governmental Fires, Futura, curated by Cédric Fauq, Prague
  • 2021
    Text for Gordon Hall, Hesse Flatow, New York
  • 2021
    La Fatigue, Florence Loewy, curated by Franck Balland, Paris
  • 2019
    Reading and panel discussion at De Appel, Amsterdam
  • 2019
    Reading by Kris Dittel at De Appel for Amsterdam Art Weekend
  • 2019
    ‘When it Comes to Certain Rooms’ La Maison Van Doesburg, Paris
  • 2019
    De l’île au monde, Centre international d’art et du paysage Île de Vassivière
  • 2019
    Il est une fois dans l’Ouest, Frac Aquitaine – La MECA, Bordeaux
  • 2019
    State of Transparency, Looiersgracht 60 Amsterdam
  • 2019
    LW/LW with Louwrien Wijers and Lawrence Weiner at Shimmer (curator)
  • 2019
    Residency and exhibition at La Maison Van Doesburg, Paris
  • 2019
    Exhibition at Videotage and Art Basel, Hong Kong