Patricia Kaersenhout

Patricia Kaersenhout, Objects of Love and Desire, 6 February – 24 March, 2019

Wilfried Lentz is proud to present Objects of Love and Desire, a solo exhibition by artist Patricia Kaersenhout (b. 1966, lives and works in Amsterdam). This exhibition shows her newest series of work which are large textile pieces along a series of eight small delicate portraits of the typical 19th-century slave baron, shown at Prospect.4 in New Orleans (US) beginning 2018 and never shown in Europe before.

Already from the end of the nineties Kaersenhout’s artistic practice is inspired by black activism, with which she passionately identifies herself with. Not only the legacy of the Dutch colonial period is important for her work, but she is also addressing more current developments associated with migrants coming from Africa. Kaersenhout works across a wide range of media and forms and often collaborates with others, resulting in public performances and public art projects as well as studio work as we show now at the gallery. The reception of her work coincides with a political wave of emancipation among younger activists and artists of colour all over the world and where the response is more and more one of recognition.

Recent (solo-) exhibitions and performances include: Prospect.4 in New Orleans (US) and Manifesta 12 in Palermo (IT) in 2018, gHoltegaard (DK) and Museum Arnhem (NL) in 2017; Bell invites: Global Performance at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, BE.BOP at the Volksbühne Berlin, and Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven (NL) in 2016; Biennale Dakar and Framer Framed, Amsterdam in 2014; Queens Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), New York in 2012. Kaersenhout has an upcoming group show at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami.

The opening takes place on Thursday 7 February from 6–8pm and coincides with Grada Kilomba’s show Illusions Vol. 1 and Vol. II on the 4th floor. Both exhibitions run until 24 March, 2019. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 1pm–6pm and by appointment. For further information and visuals, contact the gallery: or +31(0)104126459.