Beeldbepalers: Charl Landvreugd – The Utopia of the Normal Space

A performative event

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Program editor
Rokhaya Seck

This programme is part of the festival Forum on European Culture, 17 – 20 September in Amsterdam.

Is it possible to create a space in which race and ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and social background have no influence on the perception of someone’s behaviour? 

During this performative event, artist Charl Landvreugd will investigate an Imagined Normal Space with contemporary thinkers and the audience. What is normal, what is culture and who determines it?

With special contributions from Storm Vogel, Mohammed Saiah, Kiza Magendane, Splinter Chabot, Pete Wu, Valentijn de, Hingh, Sylvana Simons, Margriet Schavemaker, Ronit Palache and Rokhaya Seck.

In the series Beeldbepalers, leading Dutch artists are given the opportunity to use de Balie as a laboratory. In collaboration with other artists, scientists, theatre-makers, writers and journalists, they present new work or put existing work from a different perspective. Previous Beeldbepalers include Jan Dibbets, Marlene Dumas, Erik van Lieshout, Renzo Martens and Barbara Visser.

Heeft u geen kaartje kunnen bemachtigen? De video-installatie die Charl Landvreugd speciaal maakte voor deze Beeldbepalers, is van 18:00 tot 19:30 vrij toegankelijk voor publiek.

The video installation is open from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for those who have not obtained a ticket for the program. (Also accesable for non-Dutch speakers).

About the artist

Charl Landvreugd is an artist and researcher who 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. 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 (BA), Fulbright and Columbia University (MA) alumnus he completed his PhD in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London.


Charl LandvreugdArtist
Glenn HelbergPsychiatrist, specialist in transcultural psychiatry