Studium Generale: 'The World is Borne by the Black Woman' - Patricia Kaersenhout

Lecture by Patricia Kaersenhout

Patricia Kaersenhout is a Dutch visual artist and cultural activist. Born in The Netherlands but a descendant from Surinamese parents, Patricia Kaersenhout developed an artistic journey in which she investigates her Surinamese background in relation to her upbringing in a Western European culture. The political thread in her work raises questions about the African Diaspora’s movements and its relation to feminism, sexuality, racism and the history of slavery. She considers her art practice to be a social one. With her projects she empowers (young) men and women of color.

In 2017 she realized the community art project Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? in collaboration with AGA LAB, Het GildeLab and WOW Amsterdam. With this project, Kaersenhout provides a response to The Dinner Party (1979), the most famous work of feminist artist Judy Chicago, and is an artistic-material criticism of the treatment of the Black woman and women of color in it. Inspired by the work of Chicago, Kaersenhout shows an installation consisting of a large, richly decorated dining table in triangular form, full of symbolism, to which 36 Black women and women of color, “heroines of resistance”, are honored.


Patricia Kaersenhout (DenHelder, 1966) studied social sciences at Amstelhorn in Amsterdam and visual art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She was a lecturer in Global Art & Social Practice at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Currently she is a coach at DAS graduate school in Amsterdam and at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and a guest lecturer at the Decolonial Summer School in Middelburg. She is part of an international network of artists and scientists engaged in decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis and has exhibitions in theNetherlands and abroad.



4 oktober 2018 16.00 - 17:30


Auditorium KABK

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