Yan Duyvendak, originally from the Netherlands, lives in Geneva. Trained at the École cantonale d’art du Valais and the École supérieure d’art visuel de Genève, his career as a performance artist began in 1995 with the staging of his first work of live art, Keep It Fun For Yourself.
Since then, he has produced a chain of creations and performances at venues around the world: Switzerland, USA, India Russia or Hong Kong to name but a few countries. His art underlines in particular how the overwhelming mass of televised, computer and mental images as well as our social codes and other rituals of our fun society thicken the curtain between ourselves and reality. Yet his work never fails to affirm human dignity and show the extent to which it is imperiled by our image-dominated society.
Besides his activities as an artist, he worked as a coordinator of the “art/action” programme at the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design (HEAD) in Geneva, where he also teached contemporary performance together with, among others, Christophe Kihm, Maria La Ribot, Lina Saneh and Nicolas Leresche, from 2004 to 2014.
He won the “Swiss Art Award” three times in a row (2002, 2003 and 2004), the “Namics Kunstpreis für Neue Medien” in 2004 and the “Network Kulturpreis” in 2006. He has also been chosen several times for artist-in-residence programmes, which so far have taken him to Cité des Arts in Paris, Atelier Schönhauser in Berlin and Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Artistic Studio in Cairo (2007, 2008, 2009). He received the two most prestigious art awards in Switzerland: in 2010, the highest distinction for contemporary art, the “Meret Oppenheim Preis”, and in 2019, the highest one for theater and live art, the “Hans Reinhart Ring”.
To speak about the Coaching he offers:
I suggest to work on the relation between content and form of a project. I think I can help the mentee to make that relation as coherent and structured as s/he needs and wants it to be. I cannot help very much on formal questions, not at all on text. I would like to define the level and degrees of intervention with the mentee. In other words: I will not tell you what you have to do, but help you construct what you want to do.
Language: Englisch / French