Originally from Bow Island, Alta., Henricks moved to Montreal in 1991 to study film at Concordia. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2015 Prix Giverny Capital.
“It’s great to have this recognition from the city I’ve lived in for over 30 years and feel like I’m part of it. Many of those who received the prize in the past are artists I admire and respect, and I feel privileged to be counted among them,” says Henricks.
Before moving to Montreal as a student, Henricks says that he knew he would find kinship in the city. He was already familiar with the local arts scene and interested in taking French classes alongside his cinema courses.
He recalls a moment in his early career when the late film studies professor Mario Falsetto invited him to present a class on video art, which gave Henricks the confidence to transition from student to instructor.
‘The people you meet now will be in your world for the rest of your life’
“Something that strikes me at Concordia is how creative the students are. They’re always making amazing work,” says Henricks. “Even as an undergraduate student, I was impressed by the people around me. I’m still in touch with some of them. I tell my own students today: ‘A lot of the people you meet now will be in your world for the rest of your life.’ University is also about building community, a social and critical space that you belong to.”
Henricks has more advice for students: “Never give up.” He was shortlisted for the award five times before finally winning.