Nathanja van Dijk (1984) is co-founder and director of A Tale of a Tub, an exhibition space in Rotterdam (NL). A Tale of a Tub is committed to stimulate and support developments in contemporary art and to explore their meaning within society.
Working from an academic background in art history and philosophy, creating connections between art, philosophy and society is an ambition shared by all Van Dijk’s activities.
Previously Van Dijk was director of Frankendael Foundation, the 18th century manorial estate for contemporary art and ‘curatorial office’ in Amsterdam (2012 – 2015), where she organized all exhibitions and events with o.a. Camille Henrot, Charles Avery, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Fiona Tan, Jennifer Tee, Jonathas de Andrade, Jorge Méndez Blake, Marcius Galan, Shilpa Gupta, Shirin Neshat and Simon Fujiwara as well as upcoming talents such as Nel Aerts and Robin Waart. As artistic director of 21rozendaal, Enschede (2010 – 2012) she developed an artistic program at the interface of visual art, science and philosophy.
Since 2009 Van Dijk has also been working as an independent curator on various projects and exhibitions. Most recent projects include the interdisciplinary research project Acts of Orientation in collaboration the Schering Foundation & Humboldt University (Berlin) and the exhibition Hemelbestormers at Garage Rotterdam with o.a. Marinus Boezem, Alicja Kwade, Julieta Aranda, Laurent Grasso and Thomas Ruff. Van Dijk curated the travelling film program The Migrant (Moving) Image, in response to the largest migration crisis Europe is experiencing since World War II (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Marrakech, Berlin, Miami, New York). Together with Carolyn H. Drake, Van Dijk works as curator and advisor for the Robeco Art Collection and the NautaDutilh Rotterdam Art Collection.