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.
Kaersenhout’s artistic practice has long been inspired by black activism, a project she passionately identifies herself with. It is not only the legacy of the Dutch colonial period that is important for her work, she is also addresses current developments associated with migrants from Africa. Kaersenhout works across a wide range of media, and often collaborates with others, presenting performances and public art projects as well as studio work. The reception of her work coincides with a political wave of emancipation among younger activists and artists of colour worldwide, and where the response is more and more one of recognition.
She has exhibited, performed and taught widely, with presentations in 2020 at Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht (NL), Kunstverein Braunschweig (DE), Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz (DE), De Appel, Amsterdam (NL) 2019, The National Art Gallery of the Bahama’s 2019, 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 was part of Manifesta 12 in Palermo.
From 11 November 2020 on she will be part of the international group show Diversity United at the New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (RU) which will travel later in 2021 to Berlin and Paris.
Patricia Kaersenhout’s solo show Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? at De Appel, Amsterdam was running till 1 December and resulted in an extended version of the seminal work from 2017 with the same title.
Kaersenhout’s work is represented in private collections as well as public and corporate collections including Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ABN Amro, Amsterdam , PvdA Fractie, Den Haag (NL), Belastingdienst Amsterdam Zuidoost (NL) , AkzoNobel Art Foundation (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).