Dear friends, family and colleagues
I hope you are in good health and have enjoyed Summer!

An exciting Fall is coming up with many great projects ahead.


On Friday 27 August we are launching the I Am Queen Mary Crowdfunding Campaign!
I Am Queen Mary, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: I Do Art

For a sneak peek to the campaign, please find our pre -launch page here

We are so excited to announce an amazing partnership with Oakland based
The all Black women collab is uniquely established especially for this campaign.

You can still sign up to the campaign on our
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The National Gallery, Copenhagen

28. August- 21.November 2021
A microglobal performance #1 (detail), Concept: © Simone Aaberg Kærn. Photo Magnus Bejmar

I Am Queen Mary at SMK ( The National Gallery in Denmark )

With the exhibition After the silence- Women of art speak out!curated by Birgitte Anderberg, SMK sheds new light on a range of women artists who delve unflinchingly into major political themes of the past and present.
Taking the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s as springboard, the show focuses on how women have used art as an instrument of battle to create change in the world over the last hundred years.

I Am Queen Mary (work in progress) is included in this extensive show and will consist of a large installation that incorporates videos, banners among more and will serve as a physical platform for the launch of I Am Queen Mary Crowdfunding Campaign. 

La Vaughn Belle and I will do an artist presentation at the opening from 5.30 pm / 17:00
Find out more about what happens on the SMK Fridays' progamme

If in Copenhagen please join us!


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1.September 2021 - 21.Februray 2022

Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled, 7 Women, 2019. Unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil, spray paint on museum board, 101.6 x 127 cm. The Hott Collection, New York © Paul Anthony Smith. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

If in Toronto don't miss the immense group show Fragments of Epic Memorycurated by Julie Crooks. The show includes my 2012 video Black Bullets.

Fragments of Epic Memory will invite visitors to experience the multiple ways of encountering the Caribbean and its diaspora, from the period following emancipation through today. 

The first exhibition organized by the AGO’s new Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora, will blend historical and contemporary narratives, presenting more than 200 photographs from the AGO's Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs alongside paintings, sculpture, and video works by modern and contemporary Caribbean artists that show how the region’s histories are constantly revisited and re-imagined through artistic production over time.



Visual render of my proposal for the Windrush Monument in Waterloo Station ( render: Carlos Alvarez and Maël Hénaff)
I'm so thrilled and honored to be one of four shortlisted artists for the Windrush Monument in London Waterloo Station!

Earlier this year, over 250 British and international curators and leaders in the Caribbean community were invited to nominate artists to create a fitting public monument to the Windrush Generation, resulting in over 100 artists being nominated from around the world. From this incredibly strong field, a longlist of 16 artists was presented to the Windrush Commemoration Committee who shortlisted four of the most relevant artists. The shortlisted artists are: Jeannette Ehlers, Valda Jackson, Thomas J Price, and Basil Watson.
It is anticipated that the selected artist will be announced in October 2021 during Black History Month.

Working with hybridity and pan-Africanism I have long been interested in  looking  further  into this  crucial British Caribbean part of my heritage.

Please watch my proposal
video here.

Crossing fingers!


Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
21.October 2021- 9.January 2022

Jeannette Ehlers, We’re Magic.We’re Real #3, 2021. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and VEGAARTS

I'm so excited about my solo show Take Root at MOCAD - Museum of modern art Detroit opening 22 October 2021!

Take Root is a visual celebration of Black women connectivity across time and space.

Created as a site-specific installation, Take Root presents elements of Copenhagen-based artist Jeannette Ehlers’ practice that honor Black Womanhood through a global lens. This exhibition includes Ehlers’ 2021 film, We’re Magic. We’re Real#3, an allegory of Black Girl Magic told through language and performance.

Images of extraordinarily long hair being braided together with a central figure analogize the members of the African diaspora to seed pods spreading out and sharing resources and information, much like the mycelium networks connecting the root systems of trees. Within this extended metaphor the artist demonstrates both the interconnected and interdependent nature in which Black women support each other while also revealing how hair care is embedded into various cultures across the world, specifically within the global African diaspora. This exhibition will also feature an element that the artist has made in community with Detroit artist and healer Halima Cassells.

Take Root curated by Jova Lynn and is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in collaboration with Danish Arts in Detroit.

Af-flux: Biennale Transnationale Noire, Montreal
11. September - 11. December 2021

Photo: Amartay Golding
Montreal is calling!
From September 11 to December 11, 2021, the Quebec public will be able to attend
Af-flux: the first Black Transnational Biennial in its history. This biennial revolves around physical exhibitions, conferences and performances. Important players in the Quebec arts community are participating: Art Mûr gallery; artist-run centers: Circa Art Actuel, Articule, Oboro; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec; and the Faculty of Planning, Architecture, Art and Design of Laval University.
Whip it good will be on display at
Oboro gallery and I will
participate in a roundtable discussion organized by Af-flux on 15 October.


Warm wishes



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