05.03.20 – 07.03.20

Open Studios Writers' Programme

Last year, five writers and poets were given the time to work in the multidisciplinary environment of the Jan van Eyck Academie. the results of their residency will be presented during the Open Studios on 5, 6 and 7 March.


Thursday 5 March: Nina Polak, Persis Bekkering and Lyndon Barrois Jr.
Friday 6 March: Frank Keizer, Persis Bekkering and Lyndon Barrois Jr.
Saturday 7 March: Laura Broekhuysen, Frank Keizer and Julius Heine

Each time at 15:00 in the auditorium.


The presentations will be mainly in Dutch, except for Frank Keizer and Lyndon Barrois Jr.'s.

At the Jan van Eyck Academie, Frank Keizer worked on Rottijd, a small collection of poems which face up to the overheated autumn and the political winter of present times. This Jan van Eyck publication includes an English translation of Keizer's poems, Rotten Times, by Donald Gardner. Rottijd will be presented during the Open Studios.

Writer Laura Broekhuysen comes over from Iceland. Het writings on her life in Iceland form a literary reportage in which language and identity are crucial. While at the Jan van Eyck, Laura Broekhuysen worked on writing her poems, composing them like continuous scores on the floor and walls, reaching out past the margins of a book of poetry.

As a resident at the Jan van Eyck, Persis Bekkering wrote the first chapters of her second novel which delves into the house music scene as it emerged in various cities and periods. She is a refined scenarist, and her prose is physical and compelling.

During her residency at the Jan van Eyck, Nina Polak wrote De tuin, het beest, de geest. In this novel two women, a photographer and an author respectively, abandon the city and buy a house with an overgrown garden. The book appeared as part 5 of the Schemerschijn series, published by the academy.

Lyndon Barrois Jr., a former participant of the Jan van Eyck, is an artist from New Orleans. Together with his partner Addolley Dzegede he wrote while at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Elbow, a collection of short stories.

Julius Heine is a German essayist who investigates the relationship between image and language. His collection Schaduw werk, part 6 of the Schemerschijn series, will be presented during Open Studios.

Rosa Braber worked at the Jan van Eyck Academie on a series of poems, as well as making a video that exemplified her varied talents: performance, writing, drama, recital and dance. During the Open Studios she will premiere her latest video, which is based on her experiences during her residency period at the academy.


All welcome to join!

Please make sure to register if you would like to come by during the preview days on 5 and 6 March: send an email to: register@janvaneyck.nl.


The literary programme of the Jan van Eyck is made possible by the Dutch Foundation for Literature.


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