Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, Papendrecht, NL)
Guido van der Werve’s films situate the artist as protagonist, with his own piano performances paired with romantic landscapes and sentimental narrative text. For his Art Breaks video, van der Werve presents an image of the artist sitting behind a piano in a vast landscape, next to a pipe gushing water to a height of 80 meters at the exact volume of tears that are cried per second in the world. On average, people cry 65.1 liters over the course of their lives; taking the world population and average life expectancy into account, this translates to a total volume of 211.5 liters per second. Van der Werve’s work received the René Coelho Award from the Netherlands Media Institute in 2003. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, de Hallen Haarlem in the Netherlands and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland as well as a presentation of his latest film Nummer twaalf at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Guido van der Werve currently lives and works in Finland and Amsterdam.