Commissioned by: Van Abbe Museum, for Becoming More as part of the Deviant Practice Research, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2017
Location: Studio Van Abbemuseum
Convened by: Charl Landvreugd
Participants: see below
Charl Landvreugd examines the visual strategies used by Dutch Afro artists. He argues that the dialogue dominated by American and British art theory frameworks is not always adequate to describe the specific nature of Dutch and continental European Afro art production.
The Scriber of the day was Frederick Calmes who was commisioned to draw what he heard. In this way a new layer of language was added to Landvreugd’s search for local specificities.
On the 27th May, Landvreugd takes the dynamic model of the Krut’krutu (an Afro-Surinamese gathering in which issues of governance (bestuur) and issues of law are brought before the members of society) to focus on linguistic and curatorial strategies surrounding art made by Afro subjects in the Dutch context. This model is used to unpack the concepts, sensitivities and artistic expressions that are typical of the region.The day consists of two parts. In the first part, invited artists, curators, directors and critics will individually respond (along with a public audience) to key pressing questions that examine Dutch Afro artistic production.
In the second part, these same pressing questions will be addressed again, however through a private and focused session (not open to the public).
Raul Balai (El Bastardo), Quincy Gario, Patricia Kaersenhout, Iris Kensmil, Marga Weimans.
Sara Blokland, Antonio Guzman, Remy Jungerman.
Jelle Bouwhuis, Ricardo Burgzorg, Ferdinand van Dieten, Annie Fletcher, Chandra Frank, Nancy Hoffman, Imara Limon, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Josien Pieterse, Steven ten Thije.
Charles Esche, Mariette Dolle, Els van der Plas, Anke Bangma.
Markus Balkenhol, Paul Faber, Özkan Gölpinar, Guno Jones, Rob Perree, Vincent van Velsen.