JEANNETTE EHLERS (Denmark)
Live performance Whip it good (2013); video installation Black Bullets (2012) and photographic work Atlantic (Endless Row) (2009).
As part of the co-curatorial section UNDER A DIFFERENT SUN. Obscured Histories, Female Perspectives by Chiara Cartuccia & Celeste Ricci | EX NUNC.
Jeannette Ehlers. Exhibition view of the video installation Black Bullets (2012) at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © We Exhibit
Jeannette Ehlers, Whip it good. Performance at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Monika Sobczak
Jeannette Ehlers is a Caribbean diaspora visual artist born and based in Denmark. Experimental nature generally
characterizes Jeannette Ehlers's work. Image manipulation is often included in
the artist's photographic and video based works. On these changeable terms
meaning and identity are explored, in both a sophisticated and immediate way.
For years she has created cinematic universes that delve into ethnicity and
identity inspired by her own Danish / West Indian background. She challenges
and explores the film medium's ability to communicate in a visually fascinating
and engaging language. Creating imaginative stories with edge and sharpness,
her work still retain the broad appeal. Her pieces revolve around big questions
and difficult issues, such as Denmark's role as a slave nation - part of the
Danish cultural heritage, which often gets overlooked in the general
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Ehlers presents the live performance Whip it good (2013), in which she reenacts
one of the most brutal means of punishment during slavery – the whipping – in a
simple, yet tense rebellion against the past and present.
The video installation Black Bullets (2012) was filmed on location in Haiti and inspired by the Haitian revolution, paying tribute to the act of revolt in a poetic and mesmerizing way.
The photographic work Atlantic (Endless
Row) (2009) discusses the history of Middle
Passage and slave trade, composing a striking visual narration.
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