Jeannette Ehlers • I AM HERE
Martin Rørtoft (Arkipelago)
IN COLLABORATION WITH
BASE Milano, Ambasciata di Danimarca in Italia, VisitDenmark Milano & Istituto Culturale Nordico
Danish Art Foundation & Knud Højgaards Fond
CAN ART SPARK SOCIAL CHANGE? @ BASE MILANO
17:00 - 19:00
Screening and artist talk by Jeannette Ehlers
19:00 - 21:00
Symposio: J. Ehlers, M. Angelotti, B. Catanzaro, A. Detheridge, M. Melilli, M. Rørtoft and G. Scardi
From 18th January to 26th January 2019 exhibition @Careof
Opening: 18th January 18.00 pm
In I Am Here Jeannette Ehlers confronts us with narratives from Europe that are often oppressed and overlooked - narratives of migration, human trafficking and colonization and the intertwining of them. I Am Here consists of the videos The Gaze (2018) and Invisible Empire (2010).
Jeannette Ehlers is a video, photo and performance artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. For years she has created artworks that delve into ethnicity and identity inspired by her own Danish and Caribbean background. Her pieces revolve around big questions and difficult issues, such as Denmark's role as a slave nation—a part of the Danish cultural heritage, which often gets overlooked in the general historiography. In the thematic complexity of her artistic projects, often her work critically points to the historical relations between Western colonization and present day flows of migration.
In her latest video piece "The Gaze", Ehlers focuses on structural relations between colonialism, racism and migration. Silent narratives of migration are told through the eyes and bodies of the people watching you from the screen.
"Invisible Empire" intertwines The Transatlantic slave trade with modern slavery; human trafficking. Ehlers works thematically revolve around Danish slave trade in colonial times. With The Invisible Empire she looks at today’s slave trade, also known as human trafficking. By introducing her father in this context, she subtly intertwines her personal history with the narrative of the work. Her questioning of historical ties and personal implications unfolds a strong pull on the viewer while raising awareness for servitude in globalized societies.
Jeannette Ehlers has exhibited and performed in such institutions as AROS, Aarhus, Denmark, the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, the McKenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark, Pérez Art Museum, Miami and Frost Art Museum, Miami.