Dear friends, family and colleagues,
I am pleased to share some of my highlights from an eventful 2018 as well as my upcoming projects for 2019 with you:
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The most significant highlight for me in 2018 was without a doubt I Am Queen Mary, the collaborative sculpture project realized by La Vaughn Belle and myself - the first public sculpture of a black woman in Denmark.

After years of intense production and planning, I Am Queen Mary was revealed on March 31st, 2018 at the West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen to huge press coverage (the news reached more than 1 billion people!) and public interest. 

Check out 
this video produced by NowThisHer about the sculpture when it was revealed.
Photo Credit: Frederik Andersson
My solo exhibition The Invisible Empire: Confronting the Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia curated by Silvana Lagos took place in gallerist Eva Livijn-Olins gorgeous Stockholm home during Stockholm Art Week. 
Take a look at this interview about the exhibition in Bon Magazine (in Swedish).
Photo Credit: Nick Furbo

For Copenhagen Culture Night 2018, I staged my performative intervention For Love Alone at the Royal Cast Collection/West Indian Warehouse. The piece was inspired by Tiphanie Yanique's text written from the perspective of Queen Mary.


The group show Relational Undercurrents curated by Tatiana Flores, that includes my piece Black Bullets, was inaugurated at MOLAA, LA, traveled to Wallach Art Gallery, NYC and is currently showing at the Frost Art Museum in Miami through January 13th, 2019.
Photo Credit: Miguel Gomez

In June, I had the great pleasure of restaging my theatre performance Into the Dark at the Gorki Theatre in Berlin as part of Be.Bop Festival - Coalitions Facing White Innocence curated by Alanna Lockward.

My dear long-time friend Maya Albana's documentary film A Black Chapter (Det sorte kapitelpremiered in October 2018. A Black Chapter explores how the life-long friendship between Maya and myself has been impacted by our different ways of reckoning with the racialized structures that define our lives. In order to try to understand my critical work around coloniality, Maya followed my work over the past four years and was there during the process of La Vaughn Belle and myself creating I Am Queen Mary.

Watch the trailer (in Danish) here.

My video work The Gaze was included in the fantastic exhibition Decolonizing Appearance curated by Nicholas Mirzoeff at CAMP/ Center for Art on Migration Politics in the Trampoline House refugee justice community center in Copenhagen.

The exhibition period has been extended until March 30th, 2019 so make sure to stop by if you haven't had a chance to see the show already!
Photo Credit: Søren Meisner

I was thrilled to participate in CYCLE Music and Art Festival in Kópavogur, Iceland in October where I performed Black Matter. Under the heading Inclusive Nation, this year's CYCLE festival curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Gudný Gudmundsdóttir took place in the context of the 2018 centenary of Icelandic sovereignty.
Photo Credit: MAD

It was a mind-blowing experience to be part of and give a keynote presentation on my practice at MAD Symposium in August. 

MAD, founded by René Redzepi, recognizes that food is inseparable from some of our most pressing global challenges and unites a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.

2018 was also a year where many interesting and important texts were published about my practice. Here are a few of the highlights:

My solo exhibition I Am Here - Counternarratives from Europe opens January 18th at CareOf, Fabricca Del Vapore in Milan.

The exhibition, which consists of the two works The Gaze (2018) and The Invisible Empire (2010), is part of 
DanskArte – a cultural exchange project curated by Martin Rørtoft, ArkipelagoIt contains counter-narratives from Europe of migration, human trafficking and colonization.

I will be giving an artist talk on January 17th, 17.00-19.00 at BASE Milano in connection with the related symposium I Am Here. The symposium will focus on relations between colonization, modern-day national racism and migration. The format is informal with an open forum for discussion, where we hope to involve multiple perspectives from all the participants to share our experiences of how social and cultural workers can respond to these important matters.
Photo Credit: Søren Meisner

On January 26th I will be performing Dark Matter at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin in connection with the exhibition Ecologies of Darkness. Building Grounds on Shifting Sands curated by Elena Agudio, Nathalie Mba Bikoro and Federica Bueti.
Photo Credit: 18th St Arts Center

I'm also incredibly excited to announce my upcoming residency at 18th Street Arts Center in California from February until April 2019. I will be working on new material, that I look forward to sharing with you all.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my gratitude to all collaborators and participants that I have had the opportunity to work with in 2018.

Happy New Year - See you in 2019!

Warm Regards,

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Jeannette Ehlers Studio · Nørrebro · Copenhagen 2200 · Denmark

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