Vrouwen van VOS, 2019

Patricia Kaersenhout’s textile works Vrouwen van VOS (2019) is the third series she produced, after Food for Thought (2018) and Objects of Love and Desire (2019), to depict Black women in action. In this series they are all active in the Dutch association ‘Vereniging Ons Suriname’ (VOS) and rendered in Kaersenhout’s distinctive mode of digitally and traditionally printed fabrics, both hand- and machine-embroidered, with highlights of fine bead-work and appliqué. These women are again heroically shown, but based on Communist propaganda posters. Each banner is framed with printed cottons that the artist has collected from the African continent. She choosed for each work two women of different generations to show that every generation of activists is standing on the shoulders of their predecessors. The work was commissioned on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of VOS and the accompanyng exhibition to celebrate this.

Patricia Kaersenhout
Vrouwen van VOS, 2019
Mrs. Weels & Camille Parker
190 x 130 cm, unique (detail)
Patricia Kaersenhout
Vrouwen van VOS, 2019
Mrs. Weels & Camille Parker
190 x 130 cm, unique (detail)
Patricia Kaersenhout
Vrouwen van VOS, 2019
Naomi Pieter & Twi Tjoa
200 x 140 cm, unique
Collage of textiles, photographic print on cotton, beads, African fabric, felt
Patricia Kaersenhout
Vrouwen van VOS, 2019
Jessica de Abreu & Polly Levens
190 x 130 cm, unique
Collage of textiles, photographic print on cotton, beads, African fabric, felt