Patricia Kaersenhout – Guess Who’s…

Patricia Kaersenhout – Guess Who’s coming to Dinner Too

de Appel, Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Too?

Opening: 4 October, 2019; 19:00 – 21:00
Exhibition: 5 October – 1 December, 2019
Opening Hours: Wednesday / Saturday; 14:00 – 18:00

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? is a solo exhibition as a social monument—created by artist, activist and womanist, Patricia Kaersenhout alongside a growing community of collaborators and guest curated by Vivian Ziherl, an alumni of De Appel’s Curatorial Programme 2010/2011. Rosa te Velde designs the exhibition while Lydienne Albertoe designs the publication. This ‘collective body’ honours the lives and struggles of black women and women of colour throughout history and mythology, naming and narrating thirty-eight ‘heroines of resistance’.

When it was first conceived by Kaersenhout in 2017, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? set out to challenge the horizon of (art) history with a powerful celebration of mythological, historic and contemporary women of colour. The centrepiece of the project—an elaborately set triangular table installation—departs from Judy Chicago’s now canonical artwork The Dinner Party (1974-1979), which celebrated thirty-nine women from antiquity to the present, with a majority of the seats devoted to American and European heroines.

Kaersenhout takes a distinctive approach. Her generous vision of history, hospitality and womanhood crystallize with an extensive new body of glassworks produced with Vrij Glas in Zaandam and inspired by the shared dining vessels used in Moche and Chavin rituals of ‘dining with the dead’. These sit atop textiles embroidered and beaded with women and men from the neighbourhoods where the project has been activated.

De Appel presents the fullest realisation of Kaersenhout’s work-in-progress to date – inside the iconic aula of the Broedplaats Lely (the institution’s home since 2016), designed 1969 by Ben Ingwersen as a showpiece of the utopian Garden City of Amsterdam Nieuw-West. Original features – such as the rhythmic geometry of the window frame – are brought forward and adorned with Adinkra symbols (historically used to invoke aphorisms and empowering concepts among Akan groups from what is now Ghana). Kaersenhout has ascribed one symbol to each of the women she honours. Renewed and newly inspired by her collective monument, this space becomes a place to pose vital questions about history, hospitality and dignity.

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The exhibition serves as an occasion to bring together esteemed writers, artists and scholar-activists whose work connects profoundly to the lives of the women honoured.

October 10, 19:00
Karin Amatmoekrim & Astrid H. Roemer

October 31, 19:00
Ansuya Blom & Patricia Kaersenhout

December 1, 19:00
Philomena Essed & Françoise Vergès


Accompanying the exhibition is a publication produced in limited edition, designed by Lydienne Albertoe, edited by Hannah Cheney and Vivian Ziherl, with texts by Kaersenhout and Ziherl, as well biographies compiled and translated by Mirjam Linschooten and Martha Jager. English and Dutch.

Please find our Press Kit here

Supported by:
Mondriaan Fonds, AFK, Stichting Doen


De Appel’s crowdfunding campaign to renew the Aula of Broedplaats Lely is finished and we have reached our goal! Our eternal gratitude to all backers, including the generous people who wish to remain anonymous:

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Hester Alberdingk Thijm
Karin Arink
Defne Ayas
Helena (Len) van den Berg
Saskia Bos
Lex ter Braak
Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Utrecht
DAI Roaming Academy
Ann Demeester
The Ekard Collection
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Bisma Khan-Giordano
Els van der Knaap
Emily Kocken
Aurélien Lepetit
Mia Lerm Hayes
Agata & Tony Li
Christina Li
Valérie Mannaerts
Lala Meredith-Vula
Barbara Mirecki
Judy Radul
Alexander Ribbink
Hans Rijnja
David Schutter
Vivian Sky Rehberg
Lou Spoor
Jessica Stockholder
Bogumiła Szewczyk
Jennifer Tee
Scott Watson
Barbara van Waveren
Stanley Whitney & Marina Adams
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Rein Wolfs

Campagne ambassadeurs / Campaign ambassadors:
Saskia Bos, Ann Demeester, Astrid Elburg, Wilfried Lentz, Niels Van Tomme and Vivian Ziherl.

To consult results please visit www.voordekunst.nl/deappel


Patricia Kaersenhout – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Too? Poster

affiche, 2019

Patricia Kaersenhout – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Too? Poster

affiche, 2019

Patricia Kaersenhout

collection (unintended)

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