Opening Reception Of Jeannette Ehlers: Raise!

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The McKenna Museum presents the video and sculptural works of international artist Jeannette Ehlers!

Curated by Taylor Le Melle and Michael K. Wilson



FREE and OPEN to the Public | 2003 Carondelet Street | 2nd Floor Galleries


Jeannette Ehlers: Raise at The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans will be the first solo exhibition of the Danish-Trinidadian artist’s work in the United States. Ehlers’ artistic practice is driven by an impetus to combat a cultural amnesia regarding the legacy of European colonialism, and specifically highlights Denmark’s role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Alongside an exhibition that will include recent video and sculptural works, Ehlers will produce several new performances conceived during her one-month residency in New Orleans. Underpinning Ehlers’ live works are considerations of race, nationalism, cultural expectation, and colonial violence. All of the performances will invite the participation and engagement of the Black residents of New Orleans. Addressing divergent mechanisms for coping with racism, Ehlers’ works raise questions about the pervasive racial and social structures of many nations. Members of the African Diaspora are forced to constantly formulate a personal relationship to a global historical wound – the colonization of Africa.

Furthermore, the presentation of Ehlers’ work in New Orleans links Denmark, the United States, and the Caribbean on the eve of the one hundred year anniversary of ‘Transfer Day’, the sale of what became the US Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States in 1917. The sale of what was formerly known as the Danish West Indies allowed Denmark to effectively erase the country’s role in the slave trade. By re-animating this forgotten history in New Orleans, Ehlers hopes to also call attention on the legacy of colonialism as it relates to ongoing anti-black oppression in the United States.

For more info, please visit the artist's website:

Cover Image: Jeannette Ehlers, Black Bullets, 2012 (Film Still). Image Courtesy the Artist.

ON VIEW: April 16 - July 16, 2016
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By: McKenna Museum of African American Art | New Orleans

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