Hendrik Folkerts is curator of documenta 14, which will take place in Kassel and Athens in 2017. He studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in contemporary art and theory, feminist practices and contemporary curatorial practices.
From 2010 until 2015 he was Curator of Performance, Film & Discursive Programs at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Folkerts curated the Public Program of The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum, a special interim program that was presented from August 2010 until October 2011, as well as Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @ (TS3) from October 2011 until September 2012. Developed in close collaboration with various partner institutions and executed at their locations throughout Amsterdam, the innovate program of TS3 featured performances, exhibitions, lectures and public interviews, symposia, film screenings, and concerts. Following the grand reopening of the Stedelijk Museum in September 2012, Folkerts continued the Performance, Film & Discursive Programs in the museum, working with such artists as Alexandra Bachzetsis, Pablo Bronstein, VALIE EXPORT, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sharon Hayes & Brooke O’Harra, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ulrike Rosenbach, Emily Roysdon, Hito Steyerl and Wu Tsang.
Prior to his position at the Stedelijk Museum, Folkerts was co-ordinator of the Curatorial Program at De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam from 2009 until 2011.
He frequently publishes in journals and on platforms such as Artforum, The Exhibitionist, Metropolis M, The Journal for Art and Public Space, Afterall Online, and for the Stedelijk Museum (Bureau) Amsterdam. Folkerts is (co-)editor of Shadowfiles: Curatorial Education (Amsterdam: de Appel arts centre, 2013) (with Ann Demeester) and Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective (Amsterdam: AUP, 2015) (with Christoph Lindner and Margriet Schavemaker). He is one of the founding editors of the peer-reviewed journal Stedelijk Studies.