The experiences in store for visitors include black and brown braids penetrating the walls of the art gallery; the story of how enslaved women of African descent in South America and the Caribbean used braiding styles such as cornrows to map escape routes, and a handwritten transcribed fictional dialogue between rappers Kendrick Lamar and Tupac about rebellion and insurrection.
As evident from the exhibition title Archives in the Tongue: A Litany of Freedoms highlights oral traditions, which have laid grounds for the survival of Caribbean cultures. Drawing on this Ehlers centres the textures and fabric of the sensorial and bodily connections that constitute the journeying of the Black diaspora. She interweaves the historical, the collective and the rebellious with the familiar, the joins, and the poetic.
Through the years, Jeannette Ehlers’ practice has given careful attention to Danish colonial history, collectivity and the activist potential of art. Central themes include the representations and boundaries of Blackness, as well as in-depth reflections on kinship, solidarity, and colonial afterlives. Her works fuse different narratives and legacies, forging links between the personal, the historical, and wider socio-political temporalities. Accordingly, this exhibition will point to trans-geographical connections and counter-histories that still need to find their place in our collective memories to uniting the past and future.
The exhibition is curated by Awa Konaté and Lotte Løvholm
Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 København K