Candidate 2012: Sayoko Nakahara
Sayoko Nakahara (Born in Japan, Lives and works in London) was selected by Hilde Teerlinck (Director of the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais) and Han Nefkens as the new H+F Curatorial candidate. She will become part of the FRAC’s team as an assistant curator, coordinating local, national and international exhibition-projects and bringing a fresh view on the collection as well as on the development project of the future FRAC plus her own curatorial project. Comments from Nakahara: “I am immensely grateful to gain such an invaluable opportunity at FRAC. Highly interested in the unique locality and vast collection of FRAC, I intend to extensively elaborate inspiring exhibition projects together with my curatorial and editorial background”. Nakahara obtained her B.A. in Philosophy of Science from ICU, Tokyo in 2000, and worked as an art writer/editor for cultural publications. Moving to London to pursue her Masters in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice at Chelsea College of Art in 2008, she worked on multiple curatorial projects at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini (Bristol) and Ikon (Birmingham). Independent exhibition-projects include Sunset in the Morning (Master Piper, London, 2010) and Katsumi Omori: Everything happens for the first time (198 Contemporary Arts, London, 2011).
Candidate 2012: Sayoko Nakahara                              

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.