Art institutes use tools such as theoretical language in order to function. This language and the frameworks produced in regions where different languages are spoken are not always sufficient to examine the specific character of the Dutch cultural situation in detail. The research fields of Charl Landvreugd and that of the Van Abbemuseum come together at this crossover point in preparation for the Caucus in 2017.

The starting point for his research is the idea that there is a (culturally) hybrid situation which is an inevitable part of the creative process. By examining various subjective artistic positions and looking at processes of identification and self-identification, the research focuses on imagining spaces which allow for seeing art created by artists with an immigrant background as being an original part of Dutch culture.

The starting point for this is a focus on artists with an Afro background. This is no coincidence as the work by Dutch Afro artists is placed in a context outside the Netherlands when it is not directly related to an existing local artistic movement. Seeing how Afro artists develop in the cultural landscape helps in thinking about historical and contemporary Dutch (and continental European) strategies, ideologies and structures which are used for the development of inclusive methods and language in the cultural sector.

Charl's research is divided into tracing how the Afro subject develops as an artist, how artists experience this, and what strategies have been developed to claim a position in the Dutch artistic landscape. There is a detailed look at the way in which institutes and art criticism have created uniform hetero-normative subjects and the task of the artist and the producers of culture is to oppose this. In cooperation with the Van Abbe, Charl is examining how an art institute can contribute in a more comprehensive way to the production and independence of multiple subjectivities by developing language.

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Charl Landvreugd examines the visual strategies used by Dutch Afro artists with a focus on the production of cultural citizenship. He argues that the dialogue dominated by postcolonial theory is not always adequate to describe the specific nature of Dutch and continental European Afro art production. He argues for a local language and concepts which recognizes the sensitivities and artistic expression which are typical of the region.

Charl studied for a BA degree in Fine Art & History of Art at Goldsmiths University in London and an MA degree in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University in New York. Currently he is a PhD student in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London.