The exhibition The Third Dimension by Dutch artist Patricia Kaersenhout is currently on view in a temporarily vacant office building in Amsterdam. The exhibition space in the building at Hettenheuvelweg 8 is being made available by B-Right Urban Living to Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost. Monoma, responsible for the temporary management of the location, has provided suitable furnishings to suit the wishes of the artist.
Josephine Baker, Suzanne Césaire, Frida Kahlo, and Paulette and Jeanne Nardal; these five women take centre stage in a flim that Kaersenhout has developed with CBK Zuidoost especially for this exhibition. In the film, she highlights the role of women in the history of the French emancipation movement Négritude. The exhibition shows not only this film, but also a large retrospective with a selection of about 60 artworks around the same theme: making visible black women who have been systematically ignored, belittled or skipped in Western historiography.
The former office building on Hettenheuvelweg will be demolished in mid-March 2023, after which a residential tower with 400 rental homes will be built. The realisation agreement concluded between the municipality of Amsterdam and B-Right Urban Living for the realisation also includes agreements on social return. "The municipality's focus for this neighbourhood is on providing prospects and involving youth, neighbourhood development and 'participation' in the form of jobs and internships. Before, during and after construction, we contribute to this in many ways, such as by making the exhibition space available," explains Olaf Henschen, senior project developer at B-Right Urban Living.
Used images via Randy Da-Costa