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Unravelings

Ledgers From a Lost Kingdom

by La Vaughn Belle

March 11 – June 17 2017

There exists an extensive archive of transactional information about Denmark’s relations to its former colonies through documents, images and objects. However, since the sale of the Danish West Indies in 1917, most of this information was retrieved by Denmark, stored and archived far from the people of the now named US Virgin Islands.

The upcoming centenary has prompted the digitization of these archives, making them available for public consumption. Yet, when records have been inaccessible to a community for so long, other ways of creating collective memory takes over. Alternative accounts are formed through oral traditions, material culture and architecture that challenge some of the silence inherent in the colonial order of things as seen through its archival productions. La Vaughn Belle uses her work as a way of adding to the records by creating counter-narratives. She uses the framework of a ledger to challenge the objective authority of the archive by both adding her own subjectivity as well as documenting the agency of the subjects these archives portray. Similarly she looks at how the architecture of the Virgin Islands is a physical trace of the ways in which people constructed and negotiated their identities and spaces of freedom.

La Vaughn Belle’s solo-contribution is exhibited alongside Annarosa Krøyer Holm’s Chromophobia fig. 1 and Hvid[mə] Archive. For the opening on march 10 Hvid[me] Archive will be updated with new contributions.

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La Vaughn Belle: “Cuts and Burns (ledger series 002)” 2017. Photo: Courtesy of I DO ART Agency