Yuri Veerman graduated from the Design Department of the Sandberg Instituut in 2012. Veerman’s work examines how language, images, and symbols function in contemporary culture.
Based on an extensive collection of political neologisms, Veerman created the game Staattaal Kwartet. Kwartet is a Dutch card game similar to Happy Families. Veerman’s version uses 32 neologisms introduced by Dutch politicians over the past fifteen years. The rhetoric of Geert Wilders, the leader of the right-wing Dutch political Party for Freedom (PVV), inform Veerman’s fascination with this aspect of the Dutch language. Through his unconventional use of language, Wilders has proven himself a master of generating media hype. Staattaal, which translates as state language, presents neologisms from all political parties, making clear the extent to which the PVV dominates this particular domain of political language and how this alters the Dutch political landscape.
In his Vlakland (Flatland) project, Veerman continues his research on Wilders’ use of language. Using Wilders’ speeches, tainted or euphemistic terms have been replaced by words that share a resemblance in sound, meaning, or history. In the resulting volume of poetry, the White chapter shows Wilders’ speeches reworked as poetry, and the Blue (positive) and Red (negative) chapters indicate the substituted words. Through its poetic interventions, Vlakland offers another perspective on the Party for Freedom’s dualistic worldview.
Year of Birth
1982 (Amstelveen, The Netherlands)
University of the Arts, Utrecht, Sandberg Institute
Atelier Yuri Veerman
Artist, Designer and Performer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Erik Nooij, Paul Gofferjé, Martijn Engelbregt, Daniel van der Velden, Rob Schröder, Andy Kaufman, Maxim Hartman, H. H. ter Balkt, Stanley Kubrick
De Nederlandse Staat, COC Nederland, Humanity in Action, Moroccan Dutch Leadership Institute, Radio 1, SETUP, De Correspondent, Twynstra Gudde, Kunsten ’92, Platform BK, De Appel Arts Centre, Kunst Reserve Bank, MOTI, Van Abbemuseum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Sarajevo Art Academy, Studio Makkink & Bey, Sandberg Instituut, SSP, Jules van den Langenberg, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Kimmo Films, Brigiet van der Berg, Kris Borgerink, Bram Loogman, Dimitri Tokmetzis, Ruben Pater, Wilbert Bulsink, Bart de Vrees, Thijs Verbeek