Het Vijfde Seizoen

Marjolijn Zwakman

Autumn 2013

During her residency, Zwakman examined the effect of personal attention to the patients of the institution. She kept herself engaged with questions such as: can personal attention be measure, is it quantifiable and if so, how? Can aid workers give sufficient amount of attention due to the increasing workload? Questions that are currently relevant due to the changes in consequence of cutting down expenses in health care. Along with therapist and patients of Altrecht, she tries to get to the bottom of these questions. She implemented the results in a publication and in various performances that were shown during the final presentation of her residency.

Zwakman focuses on connecting different worlds together. Zwakman: “For my work I dive a period into a theme, I ‘discover’ and give it a shape. I divulge myself in a culture, but at the same time maintain my autonomy. Because I am trained in both theater, performance, visual arts and music, I started to realize that each world has its own culture. The central theme of my visual work and performaces is to discover values that are not bound by culture but transcend it.”

Zwakman studied at the Toneel Academie in Maastricht. She earned her MA at the Sandberg Institute and graduated Cum Laude from Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.


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