Dutch Masters Revisited
Dutch Masters Revisited
Kennedi Carter
Dutch Masters Revisited
Kennedi Carter

Featuring: Kennedi Carter, Humberto Tan, Ahmet Polat, Stacii Samidin, and Milette Raats

In Perception & Representation: Reframing “Modernity,” Photoville presents a dialogue between two independently created, conceptually entwined projects: Dutch photographers recreate the styles of Rembrandt and his contemporaries with prominent models of color, countering the erasure of non-white people’s historic existence in the Netherlands, while American artist Kennedi Carter combines visual references to European royalty and nobility with contemporary Black aesthetics, exploring ideas of Blackness related to wealth, power, and belonging


About Dutch Masters Revisited

During the 17th century, Amsterdam was home to people from all over the world. Some of them arrived with merchants, sometimes Jews from Spain and Portugal, as servants or enslaved people. Others came to the city to trade or maintain diplomatic relations. Amsterdam offered a new home to both the international elite and seafarers alike. It’s been overlooked for a long time, but people of color left their mark on the city and were a visible part of daily life: they were to be seen on the streets, in the courts of justice and in the upper echelons of society. In paintings of that period, they were depicted as ancillary, often anonymous, figures. But those artworks didn’t reflect real life.

The Dutch Masters Revisited exhibition is giving some of the many people of color a face. Curator Jörgen Tjon A Fong went in search of 17th and 18th-century Dutch people of color and asked contemporary Dutch well-known personalities to pose as historical figures. Photographers Ahmet Polat, Humberto Tan, Milette Raats, and Stacii Samidin portrayed in their own style, inspired by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, as today’s Dutch masters.

This Dutch Masters Revisited became part of the exhibition The Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century in 2019: Thirty large seventeenth-century group portraits from the Amsterdam Collection (supplied by Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum) that were on display at Hermitage Museum Amsterdam. The exhibition sparked an international debate about the use of the expression The Golden Age. That term was used to describe the period in the 17th and 18th century in which Holland was economically successful through overseas trade and colonization. The Amsterdam Museum decided not to use the term anymore, which led to international headlines in several news outlets, including The New York Times.


About Flex

Kennedi Carter (b. 1998) explores ideas of Blackness related to wealth, power, respect, and belonging in her new series of photographs. Carter dressed friends and acquaintances in historically-inspired costumes that represent wealth and power. History is referenced, rejected, and reimagined. The images compel us to ask questions: How can looking back in time move me forward? Who and what represents wealth? Does money mean respect? Where do I fit? What assumptions do I make based on appearance? Who is flexing? What is underneath wealth and power? What makes me feel seen? Where do I belong?


  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

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  • Amsterdam Museum

    Amsterdam Museum

    The Amsterdam Museum, founded in 1926, is an innovative city museum which invites inhabitants and visitors of Amsterdam to become co-owners of our city – a metropolis in miniature. We do this not only by celebrating the city but also by addressing its less attractive aspects and investigating what can be improved.

  • Dutch Culture USA

    Dutch Culture USA

    Dutch arts, culture, and shared cultural heritage are represented in the U.S. through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, DC, and the Consulates General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. The headquarters for cultural services is the Press and Cultural Affairs Department of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. Monique Ruhe, Cultural Attaché for the Netherlands to the U.S., heads this department, which further consists of Robert Kloos, Deputy Head and responsible for Visual Arts, Architecture and Design; Noah Waxman, Senior Policy Officer and responsible for performing arts, film, literature; and Shomara Roosblad, Senior Cultural Officer and responsible for shared cultural heritage and old masters.

    FUTURE 400, a 2024/2025 initiative of the Netherlands Consulate General in New York, endeavors to honor 400 years of Dutch-New York history with honesty and integrity, creating space for others who share this common heritage to voice their feelings and experiences at this monumental moment. Partners from cultural to commercial fields, from the New York area to the Netherlands will come together to create new work and new opportunities that will continue to write the next chapter of our shared story, our collective…FUTURE 400. More information:

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    WhiteWall is a brand owned by Berlin-based Avenso GmbH, which has operated the photo lab and online service since 2007. WhiteWall allows professional photographers and amateurs to upload, print, mount and frame their images in gallery quality, using award-winning acrylic glass, metal and aluminum prints, and hand-crafted solid wood frames. All products are available in large, custom sizes, 24/7 on All orders are printed in our professional lab in Frechen, just outside of Cologne, Germany, and shipped worldwide in custom cut packaging for maximum protection.

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Perception & Representation: Reframing “Modernity”

 coming soon

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Jörgen Tjon A Fong Sam Barzilay

Presented by: Photoville and the Amsterdam Museum, with additional support by Dutch Culture USA's Future 400 Initiative
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  • Amsterdam Museum
  • Dutch Culture USA
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