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. She is a regular lecturer at the Decolonial summer school in Middelburg (NL), the Black summer school in Amsterdam (NL) and at B.E.B.O.P (Black Europe Body Politics). Kaersenhout currently lives and works in Amsterdam, NL.
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 (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 that was later shown at De Appel in Amsterdam (2019) and de Hallen in Haarlem (2021).
Other (solo-) exhibitions and performances include: gHoltegaard (DK) and Museum Arnhem (NL, 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, 2016); Biennale Dakar; Queens Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art – MoCADA, New York (2012), and her solo show Bloed Suiker at Cargo in Context in Amsterdam (2017); and Your Voice Matters at Museum Arnhem (NL, 2019).
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Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too?
Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam
Iteration at De Appel, Amsterdam, 2019
Cargo in Context, Amsterdam
CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam
Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam
What you don’t see is what you won’t get
C&H ArtSpace, Amsterdam
Your Voice Matters
Museum Arnhem, Nederland
Framer Framed Amsterdam, Nederland
Biennale of Dakar
The body narratives
Reizende tentoonstelling: Buenos Aires, Parijs, Tokio, Singapore
Handle with care
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
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, VS)
Queens Museum of Art (NY, VS)
El Museo del Barrio (NY, VS)
Screaming in a bucket
C&H ArtSpace, Amsterdam, NL