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Patricia Kaersenhout

Patricia Kaersenhout is a Netherlands-born artist, descendant from Surinamese parents. She develops an artistic journey through which she investigates her Surinamese background in relation to her upbringing in a Western European culture. Kaersenhout’s work raises questions about the African diaspora’s movements and its relations to feminism, sexuality, racism, and the history of slavery. With her projects, she empowers young women and men of color and supports undocumented refugees. She is a regular lecturer at the Decolonial Summer School, Middelburg; Black Europe Summer School, Amsterdam; and the international BE.BOP (Black Europe Body Politics) conference. She held a fellowship position at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in 2018/2019, and has participated in international art platforms, including The Planetary Garden, Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018 and The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect.4 New Orleans, New Orleans, 2017. Her work is represented by Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam, Rotterdam. Kaersenhout lives and works in Amsterdam.