We are greatly saddened about the death of artist, curator and teacher Ian White (1971–2013). We considered Ian to be among the sharpest and most original practitioners working in the visual arts and performance today, as well as a dear friend. We are grateful for having been in his strong presence, enjoying his wit, and learning from his unorthodox critique and his pertinent, empathetic views.
In the academic year 2011–2012 If I Can't Dance invited Ian to be the tutor of our course practice-theatre
at the Dutch Art Institute/MFA ArtEZ, together with Emma Hedditch
and Jimmy Robert
. He worked a full year with students on making a collective performance, that was developed during a trip to Senegal and presented there and in Arnhem. He also conceptualized the course for the following year. Ian stood out as an exceptional tutor who critically challenged and supported students to voice their own position among peers and in the field of art. His commitment to the students was tremendous.
Ian also contributed with a text to the opening seminar in January of our current edition on Appropriation and Dedication. Unfortunately we didn't realize a new production with him as we had hoped to this edition.
We are very thankful to have collaborated with Ian. We wish his family and friends all the best in this difficult time.
If I Can't Dance staff
Tanja Baudoin, Marcel van den Berg, Frédérique Bergholtz, Hans Schamlé, Vivian Ziherl