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HAPPY SPRING NEWS!
 
 

Dear friends, family and colleagues, I am delighted to share some of
my current and upcoming projects for Spring 2022 with you:
 
 

 

Jeannette Ehlers
Archives in the Tongue: A Litany of Freedoms


Opening: June 10 at 17:00/ 5 pm
11 June – 7 august 2022
 at 

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Copenhagen 


 

Black Bullets at Touch Exhibition

10 May – 14 August 2022
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern
Espoo

So thrilled that my tribute to the Haitian revolution Black Bullets will be shown as a part of the three-part media art series of the Touch exhibition at EMMA. The series of media works has been curated from works of the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection that deal with the human effects of war on individuals, communities and culture during different eras and across the world. 

“Jeannette Ehlers’ Black Bullets is a hypnotic and minimalist piece, which has a powerful influence beyond its historical starting points. Themes of power dynamics and the battle against oppression strongly link the work to this day,” describes Laura Kokkonen, curator of the Touch exhibition. 

Black Bullets will be on display at EMMA’s media space from 10 May to 14 August 2022. 

Read more about the Touch exhibition   

Through A Different Lens: 
Commissioning Artists, Diversifying Collections 

 

Mon 16 May 2022 7 - 8:30pm GMT
ONLINE EVENT


 
Image: Zanele Muholi, Bayephi III, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2017 [detail].
Please join this informal online conversation which forms part of the upcoming digital launch of 'Amplify – Stranger in the Village: Afro-European Matters', Autograph’s most recent commissioning project featuring new work by artists Jeannette Ehlers, Sasha Huber and Mónica de Miranda to be accessioned into Autograph’s collection of photography.

Autograph has commissioned three contemporary artists from the Afro-European diaspora to address gaps in the provision to UK collections, particularly the representation of black women artists.

This panel will consider how we might address inherent representational gaps through strategic commissioning and collaborative practices within, beyond and between institutions.

The panelists are Fiona Rogers, the recently appointed Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate – as well as contemporary artists Ingrid Pollard and Jeannette Ehlers who will reflect on the experience of being commissioned by, and working with, institutions on acquisitions. The conversation will be chaired by Renée Mussai, Autograph’s Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collections.

Get your free ticket here
 

Anxiety

23 May- 23 October 2022
at 
The Art Museum in Tønder
Tønder
Photo: Frida Gregersen
 
Recent years have been marked by several crises and great uncertainty.

The exhibition examines the lived experience of anxiety in works by contemporary artists and historical works from Museum Sønderjylland's collection. My piece We're magic. We're Real #2 from 2020 will be included in the show.
A starting point for the exhibition has been the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard's book The Concept of Anxiety from 1844.

Participating contemporary artists include Xavier Cha (b. 1980); Jeannette Ehlers (b. 1973); Miriam Kongstad (b. 1991); Sandra Mujinga (b. 1989); Niels Pugholm (b. 1983); SIGNA (Signa & Arthur Köstler).

Contemporary art is contextualised in relation to works by Melchior Lorck (1526-1588); Jens Juel (1745-1802); Agnes Slott-Møller (1862-1937); Edvard Munch (1863-1944); Storm P (1882-1949); Franciska Clausen (1899-1986) and Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911-1984) among more.

Every Monument is a Citizen
La Vaughn Belle & Jeannette Ehlers 

29 April- 19 May 2022
Pública
San Juan 
If in Puerto Rico, don't miss out on the joint exhibition with La Vaughn Belle. Amazingly curated by Vanessa  Hernández Gracia!
Every Monument is a Citizen unfolds the work of Belle and Ehlers leading into the collaborative public art project I Am Queen Mary, 2018.

The exhibition is part of the activities surrounding the summit of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study titled “Postcolonial Entanglements”. It's the first time the artists have shown their collaborate artwork in the Puerto Rico archipelago.
Please check out some installation shots from the opening here 

Hurting and Healing: Let’s Imagine a Different Heritage

19 March - 28 August 2022
Tensta konsthall
Stockholm

AR created by ART[XR]

Thrilled to announce that a VR-version of I Am Queen Mary can be experienced at Tensta Konsthall's spring exhibition Hurting and Healing: let's imagine a Different Heritage. 

The exhibition poses the following question: How can the understanding of cultural heritage be decolonized by societies and organizations shaped by European knowledge systems? In the project, Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum and Tensta konsthall engage in dialogue with a number of artworks, artists, researchers and guest curators with the purpose of looking closer at how western-centric perception of cultural heritage can be challenged and redefined. 


Participating artists: Brook Andrew, DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research) Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Jeannette Ehlers & La Vaughn Belle, FCNN (Feminist Collective with No Name), Edi Hila, Patricia Kaersenhout, Manjot Kaur, Taus Makhacheva, Rabih Mroué, Renzo Martens & CATPC (Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise), Otobong Nkanga, Katarina Pirak Sikku and Jonas Staal.

Read more about Hurting and Healing: Let’s Imagine a Different Heritage.


 
MARBLE

4 March- 21 August 2022
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art
Aalborg
Photo: Kunsten
Throughout history, marble has exuded power, status and beauty. The group exhibition MARBLE spotlights how the material is processed, understood and interpreted in contemporary art, and the significance of marble as a material in terms of the content a work of art projects to the world. 

My installation piece We're Magic. We're Real #1 is included in the exhibition showing an empty plinth in a sea of ​​black hair. The plinth is identical to the plinths at Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen, which bear the sculptor's marble sculptures. It makes a void visible, reminding us of all those who over time have not had the privilege of being immortalized in marble. With the hair, a collective portrait is created of the African diaspora, whose faces were not immortalized, but whose genetic traces are still found in the hair, just as the sum of their work is embedded in the foundation of modern society.

The exhibition features works by Ai Wei Wei, Alicja Kwade, Lea Guldditte Hestelund, Superflex, Jeff Koons an many more. 

If in Aalborg don't miss out on the show! It will be running at Kunsten until 21 August, 2022.

 

Play: video art in the collection
23 April–6 November 2022
 Gothenburg Museum of Art
Gothenburg

Jeannette Ehlers, c-print from recordings of the performance Whip It Good in the Royal Cast Collection, Copenhagen, 2014. Photo: Casper Maare.
Lastly, if in Gothenburg, please drop by the exhibition Play: video art in the collection featuring my video work Whip it Good! 

Play: video art in the collection highlights different ways of using the moving image as an artistic expression. Several works cross boundaries between video art and other forms of expression, combining video with for instance performance, animation and drawing. Other works in the exhibition raise issues about representation, questioning the idea that there is only one truth.

In what is known as one of my signature pieces, Whip It Good! confronts colonial heritage and amnesia by reenacting and twisting one of the most brutal punishment methods used during slavery.
The piece was first performed in Berlin in 2013 commissioned by Art Labor Achives and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. The video edition was made in The Royal Cast Collection in Copenhagen in 2014.

Other artist featured in the show are Meira Ahmemulić, Magnus Wallin, Lisa Jeannin and Rolf Schuurmans 

Read more bout the exhibition at Gothenburg Museum of Art
 

Warm wishes
Jeannette

 






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