Patricia Kaersenhout Phases of Sugar, 2017 Plaster, burnt sugar, blood (approx. 100 pieces) Installation view, Colonial Stories – power and people,Gl Holtegaard, Denmark Gl Holtegaard, Denmark Photo: David Stjernholm

Patricia Kaersenhout (b. 1966, lives and works in Amsterdam, NL) 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.

She has exhibited, performed and taught widely, with recent presentations at Prospect 4, New Orleans (US) 2017-18; gHoltegaard (DK) 2017; Vleeshal, Middelberg (NL) 2016; Volksbühne, Berlin (DE) 2016; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 2016; Biennale of Dakar (SN) 2014; the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and the Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (NL), 2013. In 2018 she will be part of Manifesta 12 in Palermo.

Kaersenhout’s work is represented in public and corporate collections including ABN Amro (NL)
, PVDA Fractie, Den Haag (NL), 
Belastingdienst Amsterdam Zuidoost (NL)
, C&H Arts & Design, Amsterdam (NL)
, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam (NL)
, Bank Street Arts, London (UK), De Bruin Advocaten, Antwerp (BE), Museum Moderne Kunst Arnhem (NL), and the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (NL).

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