Patricia Kaersenhout (b. 1966, The Netherlands; lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Patricia Kaersenhout is a Dutch visual artist, cultural activist and womanist of Surinamese heritage. She studied Social Studies at the Amstelhorn Amsterdam and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her work investigates the fact of invisibility as a condition of the African Diaspora. It also looks at colonialism in relation to her upbringing in Western European culture. The political thread in her work raises questions about movements within the African Diaspora and its relation to the history of slavery, racism, feminism and sexuality.
Her first solo publication Invisible Men, containing 42 works on paper inspired by Ralph Ellison’s book Invisible Man (1952), was released in June 2009. Since then her work has been exhibited internationally. Her solo show Proud Rebels, on an important black feminist wave in the eighties in Amsterdam, opened in 2015. Recently she finished her community art project Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? in cooperation with the Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA LAB) and WOW Amsterdam.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too?
Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam
CBK Southeast, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam
What you don’t see is what you won’t get
C&H ArtSpace, Amsterdam
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
Biennale of Dakar
The body narratives
Travelling show: Buenos Aires, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore
Handle with care
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
Skindeep [by Cinema Zuid – screening] Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
Be You [screening] Black Magic Woman Festival, Amsterdam, NL
Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival [screening] Trinidad & Tobago
Caribbean Crossroads of the World
The Studio Museum (NY, USA)
Queens Museum of Art (NY, USA)
El Museo del Barrio (NY, USA)
Screaming in a bucket
C&H ArtSpace, Amsterdam, NL