Charl Landvreugd (Paramaribo, 1971), Theory/Practice, Lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Charl is as a visual artist, mainly in the fields of sculpture, performance, installation, photography and video. Through curating and writing he focuses on research as artistic production.
He grew up in Rotterdam in an environment and time when many different migrant communities were making the Netherlands their home. Being part of this vibrant space is the basis for his thinking about citizenship and belonging and how this is expressed in the visual arts. He has been awarded several scholarships and grants to develop his visual practice and research into the arts produced by European (Dutch) Afro artists.
Charl researches the visual strategies of Dutch Afro artists with a focus on the production of cultural citizenship. He argues that the discourse dominated by post colonial theoretical frameworks does not always suffice in describing the Dutch and continental European Afro art production. He advocates for local European concepts and language that have the potential to speak about the sensibilities specific to the area.
Charl studied Fine Art & History of Art (joined hons.) BA at Goldsmiths University in London. As a Fulbright Fellow he continued his studies in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies MA at Columbia University in New York. He currently continues his investigations at the Royal College of Art in London in the PhD program Curating Contemporary Art.
Represented by: Gallery Contempo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Over the years generously Supported by:
Research Center for Material Culture – Tholenaar van Raalte (Fellow) NL, Mondriaanfonds NL, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst NL, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Fellow) NL, Mullerfonds NL, Genootschap Noorthey NL, Royal College of Art UK, Fulbright Foundation (Fellow) NL/USA, Columbia University USA
His work has been published by:
Open Arts Journal (UK), Small Axe Magazine (USA), ARC Magazine (St. Vincent & the Grenadines), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), CBK Rotterdam (NL) , Uprising Art (FR), NRC Handelsblad (NL), De Ware Tijd (SR), KIT Publishers (NL), Dominion of New York NY (USA), KadE Amersfoort (NL), De Unie Rotterdam (NL), TENT Rotterdam (NL), Volkskrant (NL), HYCIDE Magazine (USA), Metropolis M (NL), Antilliaans Dagblad (CW), and NTR Kunststof (NL), among others