Jochem Hendricks
German, born 1959

Jochem Hendricks’s works frequently skirt legal boundaries and raise ethical questions. From employing illegal immigrants to count 3,281,579 grains of sand to counterfeiting passports for fictional personas, Hendricks conceptual practice is an indictment of societies’ values, particularly what people consider precious. Working in a variety of media, Hendricks’s works range from esoteric science to the resolutely low-tech. For Oleg’s Ear (2004-2006), Hendricks negotiated with a Russian man to have his amputated and preserved ear compressed into a diamond, which he could wear as a stud in his remaining ear. On the other end of the technological spectrum is Tears (1994-2001), two glass containers purportedly holding one million tears.

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