SAVE THE DATE
GUESS WHOʼS COMING TO DINNER TOO?
OPENING THURSDAY 29 JUNE AT 5 PM IN WOW
BY PATRICIA KAERSENHOUT, IN COLLABORATION WITH AGA LAB,THE GILDELAB AND BYBROWN
BYBROWN is happy to present ʻGuess Whoʼs Coming to Dinner Too?ʼ, a community art project by visual artist and activist Patricia Kaersenhout firmly rooted in Amsterdam West through a unique, intensive collaboration between three cultural institutions: AGA LAB, GildeLab, WOW Amsterdam.
The exhibition will be opened by a performance, during which 36 men will perform a ʻhakaʼ (Maori ceremonial war dance) in honour of 36 Black women, ʻheroines of resistance. BYBROWN has been honoured to design the 36 tunics which will be worn by 36 dancers performing during the opening.
The linings are printed with images and texts about the heroines, all from non-western cultures. They resisted their oppressors and advocated equal rights and are thus represented on the table. During the performance their stories are borne literally and figuratively by the men.
ʻGuess Whoʼs Coming to Dinner Too?ʼ delivers an artistic critique of Judy Chicagoʼs ʻThe Dinner Partyʼ (1979), which celebrates strong women but denies women of colour their sexuality. Inspired by this work, Kaersenhout builds an installation consisting of a large triangular dining table, full of symbolism, where she honours Black women on table clothes printed by AGA LAB and embroidered by women, both in Africa and in Amsterdam West.
Black is written here with a capital ʻBʼ, as itʼs not the colour of skin but the political meaning that matters.