How to Challenge Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia

Lecture | March 14 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library

 Elizabeth Hunter, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Leigh Raiford, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Jeannette Ehlers

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program, Department of African American Studies

Visual artist Jeannette Ehlers discusses artistic strategies of resistance to coloniality with Professor Leigh Raiford and Elizabeth Hunter (African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley), focusing on counter-narratives to the Eurocentric writing of History.

Jeannette Ehlers is a Copenhagen-based artist of Danish and Trinidadian descent whose practice takes shape experimentally across photography, video, installation, sculpture, and performance. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006.
Ehlers’ work often makes use of self-representation and image manipulation to bring about decolonial hauntings and disruptions. These manifestations attend to the material and affective afterlives of Denmark’s colonial impact in the Caribbean and participation in the Transatlantic Slave Trade - realities that have all too often been rendered forgettable by dominant history-writing. In the words of author Lesley-Ann Brown, “Ehlers reminds all who participate in or gaze at her work that history is not in the past.”
Ehlers insists on the possibility for empowerment and healing in her art, honoring legacies of resistance in the African diaspora. She merges the historical, the collective and the rebellious with the familial, the bodily and the poetic.

Selected Exhibitions: Canton Gallery, Guangzhou, CN* Frost Art Museum, Miami, US* CAMP, Copenhagen, DK* Wallach Art Gallery, NYC,USA * AROS, Aarhus, DK * MOLAA, Los Angeles, USA* The Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Denmark* International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK* 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, Kentucky, US * Reykjavik Art Museum, IS* Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London,UK * UVP on Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, USA* Brundyn+ gallery, Cape Town SA* Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen,Denmark* LMAKprojects, NYC,USA* Dak’Art, Dakar, Senegal* Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA* Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada* Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin, Germany* Museo Del Barrio, New York, USA *

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