The Utopia of the Normal Space

By playing with bias based on appearance, the performance The Utopia of Normal Space by Landvreugd unnerves ideas of normality that are based on assumptions. Actors: Dang-Vu Dang, Luca Heydt, Lawil Karama, Ingeborg Kraft Fermin

Charl Landvreugd, artist / researcher / educator, 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, he advocates for local continental European concepts and language coming out of these spaces, that have the potential to speak about the sensibilities specific to the area. Using a broad range of artistic disciplines, he applies the results of his research to think about citizenship and belonging and how this is expressed in the visual arts in continental Europe. As a Goldsmiths, University of London (BA), Fulbright and Columbia University (MA) alumnus he completed his PhD in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London. Landvreugd is head of research & curatorial practice at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. He is on the supervisory board of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and the board of the Akademie van Kunsten. Next to that he is connected to the Masters Institute of Visual Cultures AKV| St. Joost as Pathway Leader for Visual Arts & Post-Contemporary Practices. He has been a fellow at BAK – basis voor actuele kunst (2018–19), Utrecht and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Deviant Practice, 2017–18). He advised the Dutch Council for Culture and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. His work has been published by: Open Arts Journal (UK), Small Axe Magazine (USA), ARC Magazine (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), Uprising Art (FR), NRC Handelsblad (NL), KIT Publishers (NL), Dominion of New York NY (USA), De Unie Rotterdam (NL), TENT Rotterdam (NL), Volkskrant (NL), HYCIDE Magazine (USA), Metropolis M (NL), Antilliaans Dagblad (CW) and NTR Kunststof (NL) among others.