About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

The performance by Patricia Kaersehout, Stitches of Power / Stitches of Sorrow

Patricia Kaersenhout

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

Proud Rebels
CBK Southeast, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam

What you don’t see is what you won’t get
C&H ArtSpace, Amsterdam

Copenhagen, Denmark

Biennale of Dakar
Dakar, Senegal

The body narratives
London, UK

Caravana Negra
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


Exhibition: Embodied Spaces

An exhibition curated by Christine Eyene on the body, gender and identity.


Lecture: The work of artist Patricia Kaersenhout and artist Charl Landvreugd
Artists Patricia Kaersenhout & Charl Landvreugd will each present a lecture on their artistic practice.
Open lecture series: Influence of colonialism on artistic expressions in former Dutch colonies
March/April 2017.
Symposium: Art as Resistance #1
One day symposium on art as resistance, focusing on diversity, involving communities and the local relevance of a place.
Performance: My Tongue Softens On The Other Name
Interactive performance reflecting on the exhibition Re(as)sisting Narratives, through taking inspiration from a poem by Gabeba Baderoon.
BE.BOP 2014 – Spiritual Revolutions & ‘The Scramble for Africa’
Curated by Alanna Lockward.