the program

Image: Jeannette Ehlers

Artist Talk (in English)
How Can We Reshape the Colonial Narrative?
Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark/Trinidad)
Tu 20th June 2017 7 p.m.
Stadtteilarchiv Ottensen e.V./Geschichtswerkstatt für Altona, Kesselhaus
Zeißstraße 28
Hamburg-Ottensen (S tube Altona)
Moderation: Elaine Thomas, poetess, actress, singer
Experimental image manipulations characterize Jeannette Ehlers' photographic and video works. Her cinematic universes delve into ethnicity and identity inspired by her Danish-Caribbean background. Creating imaginative stories, her pieces revolve around Denmark's role as a slaving nation, a historical chapter that is often forgotten, repressed and neglected in Denmark's historiography.
The artist has exhibited in the Caribbean, USA, in Canada, South Africa, Senegal, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Finland.
Ehlers will discuss her art work and her latest project Queen Mary that marks the 2017 centennial of the "Transfer Day" when the three Danish Virgin islands were sold to the United States. In collaboration with the artist La Vaughn Belle from St. Croix, Ehlers produces the first memorial statue on Danish soil of Mary - Queen Mary - Thomas, one of three prominent female leaders of the 1878 Labor Riots of St. Croix, an insurrection known as the Fireburn. Queen Mary will commemorate enslaved Africans during the transatlantic trade as well as pay tribute to their freedom struggle and manifest that we, their descendants, are here and to this day still fighting for justice.


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the 2017 program


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September 2017
Sunday at the
Altonaer Museum
Su 09/17/2017
3 p.m.
Talk with the artist
Joe Sam-Essandoh and the curator
Hannimari Jokinen
(in German)
4 p.m.
Curating the Unspeakable:
The Case of Slavery lecture by Jean-François Manicom, artist and curator
at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool/UK
(in English)
space installation
exhibition opening
Joe Sam-Essandoh
Altonaer Museum
until 12/31/2017
Program in German language