Les Eclaireurs, 2009

In the series Les Eclaireurs (The pioneers) 8 famous Northern Pioneers of the USA are portrayed on paper by slicing their faces open with a scalpel knife and pasted images and stories of black people and Native Indians and their stolen land into the open ‘wounds.’ This deed of mutilation stands symbol for a transformative action of re-creating images of dominance. This creating of counter- images is an attempt of getting the story of the marginalized peoples of the USA straight.

Cause if we don’t get the story straight our noses will be blown off – Erykah Badu in The Black power mix tapes.” – Patricia Kaersenhout

Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)
Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)
Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)
Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)
Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)
Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)
Patricia Kaersenhout, Les Eclaireurs, 2009 Mixed-media collage, framed 48 x 38 cm (framed size)