Jeannette Ehlers
SAY IT LOUD!

15. March 2014 to 31. July 2014

JEANNETTE EHLERS: ‘SAY IT LOUD!’ IS EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 31 2014.  

The exhibition SAY IT LOUD! at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, marks the first overall presentation of Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers’ video works and photos from 2009 to this day.

In her visually fascinating and engaging works revolving around identity and belonging, globalisation, and historical power, Jeannette Ehlers employs all facets of the video medium: the artist's own video recordings from the Danish West Indian Islands, historical material, digital effects, and not least a very powerful use of sound. SAY IT LOUD! unfolds in the entire Lower Gallery of Nikolaj Kunsthal, involving several video projections, screens, and spatial elements.

SAY IT LOUD! transcends past and present and spans continents as Jeannette Ehlers links a number of significant moments in the history of the Western world: the time when Denmark was a colonial power engaged in slave trade in the West Indies in the 18th and 19th centuries, 20th century black civil right movements in the US, and the rebellion among the black slave population of Haiti in the late 18th century that paved the way for the secession from the French colonial power and the establishing of a new, independent state. The artist’s own Danish West Indian background is elegantly interwoven with the major historical threads of the exhibition.  

Jeannette Ehlers has by now established herself as one of the most significant contemporary artists working within video art, both in a Danish context and increasingly also internationally. Educated at the Funen Art Academy and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, she has in recent years participated in a number of important exhibitions and conferences. Among these are: CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World, El Museo del Barrio, New York; BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS, BE.BOP 2012 and 2013; ENTER 2011: Ung Dansk Samtidskunst, Kunsthallen Brandts; Subtle Whispering_Danish Video Art Festival, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.

Premiere and performance, Whip It Good

The exhibition premieres a brand new video work by Jeannette Ehlers titled Whip It Good. Whip It Good documents the artist’s first live performance in Berlin in 2013, later recreated at Vestindisk Pakhus (“The West India Warehouse”) in Copenhagen, where, in earlier times, rum, sugar, and coffee from the West Indian Islands were lugged in. Today, it houses The Royal Cast Collection.

This performance will be re-enacted on the opening night when Jeannette Ehlers recreates one of the most brutal means of punishment during slavery, the whipping, in a simple but tense rebellion against the past. Guests are invited to participate.

 

POLITIKEN writes

"Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, presents an important exhibition about Danish slavery. Jeannette Ehlers has created a cruel tale of Danish oppression. Ehlers' version is much better, more poetic and significant, partly because she works quite differently creatively with the video medium, partly because she, as mentioned, belongs to both side of the ethnicity - and thus the original sin."


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INFORMATION writes

"Both in terms of quality and quantity, SAY IT LOUD! is an impressive exhibition, and it even only represents a selection of her overall production. The video works differ in scale from small, monitor-based pieces to metre-high projections. These are technically perfected works which first off are highly diverse, but which all possess great beauty."

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ARTERRITORY "REOPENING OLD WOUNDS" 

"SAY IT LOUD! is a contemporary and personal look back. The artist’s own background is elegantly interwoven with the major historical threads. The exhibition transcends past and present and spans continents as Jeannette Ehlers links a number of significant moments in the history of the Western world: the time when Denmark was a colonial power engaged in the slave trade in the West Indies, the black civil rights movements in the US, and the rebellion among the black slave population of Haiti that paved the way for the secession from the French colonial power."

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JEANNETTE EHLERS: SAY IT LOUD! 
MARCH 15 – MAY 25 2014
OPENING WITH PERFORMANCE ON FRIDAY MARCH 14 2014 5 – 7 PM