Jurriaan Benschop is a Dutch writer and curator based in Berlin. For his book Salt in the Wound he traveled across the European continent, to speak with artists about their work in relation to their artistic roots. Currently he is working on a book Why Painting Works which will be published in 2022. For this book he is granted a residency at the Saari Foundation in Finland in the spring of 2021.
For Artforum magazine he has reviewed more than 70 exhibitions. Further reviews, interviews and essays were published in HART, DAMN, Elephant and Tagesspiegel as well as in numerous exhibition catalogs and books.
Among the exhibitions he curated are Taking Root at KIT Düsseldorf (2019-20), Content is a Glimpse (2018-19) at Efremids Gallery Berlin, Re: Imagining Europe (2017) at Box Freiraum and A Matter of Touch (2020) at Torstrasse 111 in Berlin.
As a visiting lecturer he regularly travels to art schools in Europe and the USA , for lectures, studio visits and to conduct writing workshops. Among the schools he visited are the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the University of the Arts Helsinki, the University of Chicago and Indiana University Bloomington. Upcoming visits: Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallin (spring 2021) and the University of South Carolina in Aiken (autumn 2021).
Portrait author: © Virginie Schreyen