Dear friends, family and colleagues,
I am happy to share some of my upcoming projects for the Spring of 2019 with you:
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Jeannette Ehlers Artist Talk 

in conjunction with the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery show
Dis/location: Mapping Black Europe


NJCU Galleries are pleased to present Artist Talk by Jeannette Ehlers, in conjunction with the exhibition, dis/location: Mapping Black Europe, which remains on view in the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery until March 26. In this talk, Ehlers will provide an overview of her work and address her motivations, inspirations, and aspirations for the future. 

Curated by Professor Deborah Jack, dis/location features works by artists of African diaspora in Europe who engage the geography of the city and space, as well as notions of mapping and negotiations of the urban space within their respective countries and historical archives. Artists will include: Ailsa Anastatia and Avantia Damberg, Jeannette Ehlers, Remy Jungerman, and Jean-Ulrick Désert.

March 4

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m


Black Imaginaries, Scandinavian Diasporas

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW)

Join Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark/Trinidad), Ellen Nyman (Sweden), and La Vaughn Belle (St. Croix) for three events in a series of conversations on the aesthetics of decolonization. These artists will discuss how their art practices across different media are designed to provoke conversation about colonial legacies and contemporary racial politics on the ground in Sweden, Denmark, and St. Croix.

March 5-7
The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Festival of Political Photography 2019: POTENTIALITY

The Finnish Museum of Photography Helsinki

If in Finland don't miss The 2019 Festival of Political Photography!

This year's festival explores the capacity for collective imagination and the potential for action. It opposes the notion that one cannot influence issues, even though, with climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the rise of racism, misogyny and the extreme right, it is easy to dismiss talk about imagination, hope and alternative possibilities as escapism.
How to Challenge Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia

UC Berkeley

Please join me for this event at UC Berkeley where I will discuss artistic strategies of resistance to coloniality with Professor Leigh Raiford (African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley), focusing on counter-narratives to the Eurocentric writing of History.

March 14, 12.452 p.m.
308 A Doe Library

Black Before Europe - A Colonial Reckoning

Matatu Festival

I'm so excited to be presenting my work in Oakland! Please join in for my artist talk followed by the screening of Maya Albana's film "A Black Chapter".

This event is kindly hosted by Matatu Festival at
Red Bay Coffee

March 16, 7-10 p.m.
3098 East 10th Street, Oakland, California 94601

Unravelling Collective Forms

LACE Gallery, Los Angeles

Photo by Yvonne Venegas

It is a great honor to be part of the show Unravelling Collective Forms at LACE  curated by Daniela Lieja Quintanar, opening on 3 April.

A quipu (Quechua term for talking knots) is a device made of colored knotted threads. Used for recording information as well as to communicate, it is considered a written language in Andean cultures. Using the quipu as a methodology, this exhibition knots together reflections that involve collectivity, autonomy, and group manifestations that crack systems. 

Opening Reception April 3, 2019 7-10 PM

Sea and Land

Jeannette Ehlers & Nikolaj Recke 
18th street arts center

From the words of an old Danish children’s rhyme, Jeg gik mig over sø og land… “I traveled over sea and land.” The works of visiting artists Jeannette Ehlers and Nikolaj Recke occupy different spaces in geography and time.

Ehlers looks far back into the history of Danish colonialism and involvement in the transatlantic slave trade in the nineteenth century, making the repercussions of the forgotten past visible in the present through performances, videos, and sculptural installations that place her own body and those of other black women performers into positions of strength and power long denied to them.
Recke looks to the more recent past when Earthworks artists from New York took to the American desert, unearthing traces of this country’s neglected history of genocide, forced displacement, and nuclear war.

Both artists bring the past into the present with lightness, keeping feet on the ground and sails to the wind.

Jeannette Ehlers & Nikolaj Recke | Sea and Land
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (to be updated)
1-3 PM Public Community Potluck and Artist Talk
*bring a dish for 10 people to share
5-6 PM Screening in the Artists' Studio


ALANNA LOCKWARD (1961–2019) 

Lastly I want to express my heartfelt grief of the sudden passing of my dear friend and collaborator Alanna Lockward, who left this earth much too soon on 7 January this year. 
Alanna became my dear friend, mentor and beautiful soul sister. She was an incredible thinker, extraordinary producer, unapologetic curator and fierce warrior to name a few of her skills.

I want to express my gratitude for her including me on her impressive journey, for inspiring me constantly and for pushing me to do better all the time. I salute her for creating such significant moments for so many people. She will be an eternal inspiration!



Warm Regards,

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