Fellowship

Fellow 2018/2019

Charl Landvreugd

Charl Landvreugd is an artist, writer, and curator working on mapping a continental European artistic environment that emerges from migrant aesthetics. His PhD dissertation at the Royal College of Art in London looked at Dutch Afro citizenship and belonging and how this is expressed in contemporary art. Landvreugd holds an MA in Modern Art/Critical Theory from Columbia University, New York, and a BA in Fine Art/History of Art (joint hons.) from Goldsmiths University of London, London. He has exhibited in the United States, Suriname, The Netherlands, and Senegal, among other places with sculpture, photography, and video. Landvreugd’s writing has appeared in journals such as Small Axe, ARC Magazine, and Open Arts Journal. Having traveled the world, he now lives in the city in which he grew up and that feeds his imagination, Rotterdam.

https://landvreugd.wordpress.com/

Fellowship Research Trajectory

(Cultural) Hybridity is a given. From this point of departure, artist, writer, researcher, and curator Charl Landvreugd is interested in exploring and making visible what a contemporary and future continental European subjectivity looks like and how belonging is shaped. It is for this reason that in his recent work and research, including a PhD, Landvreugd has specifically looked at Dutch artists of African descent, as the marker of skin color cannot be denied. These artists have developed strategies of survival in the art world, which includes the paradox of performing blackness while not wanting to be judged by it. Looking deeper into this reveals that effectively this counts for many artists (including white, heterosexual, cis-gendered males). The large curatorial question is how to make central (artists with) a migrant background as contributing to the future development of Dutch/European society and (visual) culture rather than as a problem that needs to be fixed (through nationalism).

The main focus of this research trajectory is to research on and experiment with possibilities that defy the current institutional arena, develop a plan to put them into practice, and give shape to the future of this practice focused on the future of continental European subjectivities.