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Open Framer Framed lecture: by artists Patricia Kaersenhout & Charl Landvreugd

In March/April 2017, the chair Dutch-Caribbean Literature of the University of Amsterdam and Framer Framed present an open lecture series dealing with the influence of colonialism and Dutch imperialism on literature and visual arts in the former Dutch colonies & the Netherlands (see below for a full overview). For the 5th lecture in the series, we are honored to be joined by two renowned artists, Patricia Kaersenhout & Charl Landvreugd (Studio – Charl Landvreugd), who will each present a separate lecture on their artistic practice. Both artists relate to the African diaspora in their work, connected to subjects like colonial history, (self-)identification, the black body, cultural heritage and the role of art and imagination.


De leerstoel Nederlands-Caraïbische Letteren van de Universiteit van Amsterdam (prof. dr. Michiel van Kempen) en Framer Framed organiseren in maart/april 2017 een reeks open colleges, waarin wordt ingegaan op de invloed van het kolonialisme en Nederlands imperialisme op (de relatie tussen) literatuur en beeldende kunst in de voormalige Nederlandse koloniën en in Nederland.

Voor deze vijfde avond in de reeks presenteren we twee verschillende artist talks van gerenommeerde kunstenaars, Patricia Kaersenhout en Charl Landvreugd. Zij verhouden zich in hun werk tot de Afrikaanse diaspora in relatie tot onderwerpen als het koloniale verleden, (zelf-)identificatie, het zwarte lichaam, cultureel erfgoed en de rol van kunst en verbeelding.

Date: Friday 7 April 2017 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Entry: free, sign up via
Starts: 18:00
Language: English
Location: Framer Framed (Tolhuistuin Expositieruimte)
IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam



♢ Patricia Kaersenhout
Visual artist, cultural activist and womanist, born in the Netherlands of Surinamese heritage.
In her work she focuses on colonialism in relation to her own upbringing in a West-European culture. The political thread in her work raises questions about the African Diaspora’s movements and its relation to feminism, sexuality, racism and the history of slavery. She researches the meaning of De-Colonial aesthetics which questions why Western aesthetics have dominated categories like beauty and representation and any discussion about art and its value. She is curious to what extent these categories determine how we think about ourselves, and how they make visible the contradictions of a colonial past. The main goal of her work is not to evoke feelings of beauty and sublimity but of sadness, resentment, remorse, hope and the determination to change the future and to create an ethical life.


♢ Charl Landvreugd
Visual artist, curator and researcher, born in Surinam and raised in the Netherlands.
Lecture: Notes on Imagining Afropea

In Landvreugd’s practice as an artist, he complements his visual work by exploring a sense of belonging, processes of identification and self–identification, and by positing the significance of his creative endeavours in relation to that of his peers.
In his lecture, Landvreugd addresses his current research, ‘Imagining Afropea’ at the Royal College of Art in London, in which he specifically addresses the Afro-Dutch community and the influence of this community on contemporary art. The title refers to a form of imagining that takes place from a personal and artistic subject position. He looks into the visual strategies of Afro-Dutch artists, whose creative explorations have resulted in new subjectivities that are diasporic and belong to a wider transatlantic Afro community and yet, at the same time, have a direct bearing on the Netherlands. The changing nature of cultural difference implied in such a process constitutes a field of conceptualisation that may be described under the provisional heading of ‘Afropea’.


Save the date

Andere lezingen in deze reeks // Other upcoming open classes in this series, icw UvA:

Woe 5 april: Open lecture: Rose Mary Allen, Oral history as (auto)biography: Exploring Curaçaoan-Cuban intra-Caribbean migration narratives [EN]
Di 11 april: Open lecture: Sara Blokland on her work & the Srefidensi project [EN]
Vrij 14 april: Paul Faber – Moderne kunst in het Caraïbisch gebied [NL]
Woe 19 april: Iwan Sewandono – Modern Indonesian painters in the years of revolution (1945-1950) and nation building (1950-1965) [EN]
Vrij 21 april: Ellen de Vries – Nola Hatterman & de kunst in Suriname [NL]

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