(Question): You like to think of yourself as an activist. Did the choice of collecting video works have something to do with that? Due to its nature, video can indeed be a vehicle for social reflection and social activism.
(Han Nefkens): It wasn't in my mind at the beginning, as most things usually happen in an organic way. I remember seeing many videos that i liked -the first ones were by Shirin Neshat- and only later I realized how well video could work in transmitting social issues and telling stories. Exemplary in this regard are all the exhibitions I organize in the context of Art Aids.
(Question): Nevertheless, video inverts all the characteristics that usually define the status of a medium as collectible: it is ephemeral. not unique, highly reproducible.
(Han Nefkens): I adore those qualities! it is exactly what I want: that people get to see a work by any possible means. I have no problem with the fact that five or six other people will have a copy of the work: all I want is for the video to be shown. And the fact that the limited-edition model (invented to secure moving image works a circulation within the art market) coexists with secondary ways of distribution (for instance YouTube, Vimeo, platforms such as Vdrome) doesn't bother me at all. I think it is very practical and intelligent way of promoting video and of guaranteeing it a wide dissemination.
A project by Emilio Álvarez and Carlos Durán. Loop Barcelona