Brazilian award for the film Ebb & Flow and screening at IDFA
Critics and audiences were unanimous: Best Editing. At the recent Brasilia Film Festival (, this category was won by Gabriel Mascaro’s film Ebb & Flow, which was produced with a grant from Han Nefkens ArtAids Foundation. Ebb & Flow is an experimental project that includes hybrid techniques that straddle documentary and fiction. The protagonist is Rodrigo (Márcio Campelo), a young man who, in spite of his deafness, earns a living installing car radios at a small dealership located on the outskirts of Recife, in north-western Brazil. In the words of the artist: “The aesthetic choices of filming with a fixed camera and extending the shots are intended to transmit the sensory experiences of Rodrigo, who was chosen as the main character in order to weave a web of sonic vibrations, noises, silences, hesitations and ambiguities.” Mascaro deals with the issue of AIDS and the stigma associated with the illness by exploring a situation of ‘normality’, that is, the everyday life of a young HIV-positive man.


Ebb & Flow has also been selected to participate in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, From 14 till 25 November 2012. Ebb & Flow will be part of the Reflecting Images – Panorama section, which brings together a series of films that are thought-provoking in form and choice of theme. The IDFA screening will be the international premiere of this film.
Brazilian award for the film Ebb & Flow and screening at IDFA                              

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.