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/

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.

Final BAK Fellows Intensive: Helianthe Kort and Preparing Propositions #8

The BAK 2018/2019 Fellows meet for their final Intensive in June. The week begins with BAK 2018/2019 Fellow Charl Landvreugd bringing Professor Helianthe Kort presenting and discussing her research on healthy built environments. The rest of the week, the Fellows build their own environment along with the BAK team, getting ready for the culminating public […]

Related content

Collective Dictionary: Political

In April 2016, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, brought to life the Here We Are Academy: a spirited temporary recomposition of a refugee-initiated platform for learning called We Are Here Academy. Established in Amsterdam in 2012, We Are Here is the first large-scale organization of refugees living in limbo in the Netherlands. Through projects organized […]

Suely Rolnik: The Spheres of Insurrection

As part of the Fellowship program in November 2017, Wendelien van Oldenborgh convenes and moderates a (Skype) seminar with psychoanalyst, cultural critic, and curator Suely Rolnik. During this seminar, Rolnik discusses her text ”The Spheres of Insurrection: Suggestions for Combatting the Pimping of life” and how microspheric modes of existence are capable of interrupting the […]

Take a Risk and Explore: The Visualisation of the Dutch Cleaners’ Movement

Excerpt from the article: On a summer’s day in 2011 a large group of workers gathered at the entrance of the headquarters of the Federation of the Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) in Amsterdam. The workers, all FNV members, were there to show their dissatisfaction with the negotiations for a new general pension agreement. It had […]

March BAK 2018/2019 Fellows Intensive with activists, artists, and theorists in Barcelona

BAK 2018/2019 Fellows Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh and Jeanne van Heeswijk co-convened the March Fellows Intensive with critic, writer, and curator Ethel Baraona Pohl in Barcelona. The Intensive focused on, among other things, collective practices and facilitation, housing movements, artistic action, and neighborhood initiatives. The Fellows had the privilege of getting to speak in depth with members of La Borda, Calàbria 66, Can Batlló, La Ciutat Invisible, La Col, Coòpolis, De Veí a Veí, Espai en Blanc and Marina Garcés, Fil a l’agulla, La Lleialtat Santsenca, and La PAH.