Patricia Kaersenhout (b. 1966) is a Dutch visual artist and cultural activist 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. She also considers 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 at CBK Zuid Oost in 2015. At Framer Framed she participated in the group exhibition Embodied Spaces (2015), curated by Christine Eyene with works on the themes of body, gender and identity. In 2017 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.
Other (solo-) exhibitions and performances include: gHoltegaard (DK) and Museum Arnhem (NL) in 2017; Bell invites: Global Performance at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; BE.BOP 2014 at the Volksbühne Berlin and Framer Framed in Amsterdam, and Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven (NL) in 2016; Biennale Dakar; Queens Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), New York in 2012, and her solo show Bloed Suiker at Cargo in Context in Amsterdam in 2017; and Your Voice Matters at Museum Arnhem (NL) in 2019.
She is a regular lecturer at the Decolonial summer school in Middelburg, the Black summer school in Amsterdam and at B.E.B.O.P (Black Europe Body Politics). Kaersenhout currently lives and works in Amsterdam, NL.