Commissioned by: Small Axe for sx visualities., New York, New York, USA, 2015
Video: 7 minutes
Essay : “When We Start Thinking: Charl Landvreugd’s Multivalent Afropean Aesthetic” by Rosamond S. King
The work takes it’s inspiration from Charl’s research at the Research Center for Material Culture where he looks at the role of photography in the ‘Bigi Jari’ Birthday celebrations in the Afro-Surinamese community. The most average image that comes up is what he dubbed the ‘Flower Portrait’ in which the birthday person is surrounded by flowers.
This visual departure point is used to speak about the Queer in his family paraphrasing his late father “It was never an issue, everybody knew”. Whit this work Charl counters the idea that Queerness in Caribbean society is always a problem.
Caribbean Queer Visualities (Symposium) is a Small Axe project supported by Department of Anthropology, Columbia University • Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University • Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), Columbia University • The Digital Black Atlantic Project (DBAP), Columbia University • Small Axe • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts