Unravelings

Artists: La Vaughn Belle, Annarosa Krøyer Holm, Javier Tapia, Jessie Kleemann, Trine Mee Sook Gleerup, Nanna Debois Buhl, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Kapwani Kiwanga and Hvidme Archive
Jan 5 – June 17 2017

 

 

La Vaughn Belle: Cuts and Burns (ledger series 002), 2017. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

 

La Vaughn Belle: Cuts and Burns (ledger series 002), detail, 2016. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

Artist talk with La Vaughn Belle. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

 

Hvidme Archive presents: The Star Child Project – A Performative Experiment by Yong Sun Gullach, 2017.
Courtesy of Mayra Navarette

 

Hvidme Archive presents: The Star Child Project A Performative Experiment by Yong Sun Gullach, 2017. Courtesy of Mayra Navarette

La Vaughn Belle: Photomontage Series – Preacher man, Obeah man, 2016.

 

La Vaughn Belle: Errata, 2017. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

 

La Vaughn Belle: Errata, detail, 2017. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

 

La Vaughn Belle: Wall rubbings (records of the work of others), 2017. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

La Vaughn Belle: Constructed Manumission, 2017. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

Talk: Decolonization and Feminism with La Vaughn Belle, Jeannette Ehlers and Uzma Ahmed. Organised by meter and Acton Aid Denmark, 2017. Photo: meter.

 

Teju Adisa-Farrar & Hanna Mikosch: Dear White Europe, 2017. A part of Hvidme Archive. Photo: I DO ART Agency.

Hvidme Archive: installation view, 2017. Photo: I DO ART Agency

Hvidme Archive, 2017. Photo: meter

 

(in front) Javier Tapia: Floating Worlds, 2017. (Back) Annarosa Krøyer Holm: Chromophobia fig. 1, 2017. Photo: Suada Demirovic

 

(in front) Nanna Debois Buhl: Maroon Mountain, 2009. (Back) Julie Edel Hardenberg: Dis/Connection, 2017. Photo: Suada Demirovic.

Hvidme Archive with Miriam Haile and Annarosa Krøyer Holm, 2017.
Unraveling: Opening event. Photo: meter.

 

Hvidme Archive presents: a guest reading by writer Lesley-Ann Brown, 2017.
Unraveling: Opening event. Photo: meter

 

(screen) Nanna Debois Buhl: There Is This House, 2008. Trine Mee Sook Gleerup: Racial Representation, 2013-. Photo: Suada Demirovic.

Talk: Hvidme Archive presents: Searching for Utopia by Ethelene Whitmire. 2017. Photo: meter

 

(In front) Trine Mee Sook Gleerup: Racial Representation, 2013-. (back) Javier Tapia: Floating Worlds, 2017. Photo: Suada Demirovic.

 

Hvidme Archive. Photo: Suada Demirovic.

I tråd med tiden. Performance by Jessie Kleemann. Photo: meter

I tråd med tiden. Performance by Jessie Kleemann. Photo: meter

 

2017 is the centenary of Denmark’s sale of the Caribbean Islands St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John to the US. For 250 years these islands were exploited as a profitable sugar industry, based on slave labour. Three quarters of the islands’ population today are the descendants of slaves and the structural and mental imprints of colonialism are still evident. Architectural details and street names bear witness to the Danish colonial impact on the islands. Conversely colonialism helped to finance the Danish state and the construction of many of the historic buildings in Copenhagen. Our ownership of the islands influenced the development of Denmark both economically and structurally. But what about the mental imprints left on us by colonialism? Is an awareness of this part of our past only upheld through a sense of history or does it also influence our understanding of ourselves.

At meter we marked this through the exhibition Unravelings, a five-month exhibition in which we look at Denmark as a colonial power, and how this affects today’s society and our sense of national identity. The exhibition slowly took form, developed and expanded over the five-month long exhibition period.

 

Jan 5 / Opening of the first phase with Hvidme Archive and Annarosa Krøyer Holm. Talk with Annarosa Krøyer Holm and Miriam Haile from Hvidme Archive and a guest reading by writer Lesley-Ann Brown.

Jan 6 / I tråd med tiden. Performance by Jessie Kleemann.

Jan 20 / Opening Event: Group exhibition with artworks by artists: La Vaughn Belle, Javier Tapia, Trine Mee Sook Gleerup, Nanna Debois Buhl and Julie Edel Hardenberg

Feb 2 / Screening of Kapwani Kiwanga’s film Sun Ra Repatriation Project

Mar 10 / Final phase: Solo-contribution by La Vaughn Belle

Mar 12 / Artist talk by La Vaughn Belle

May 27 / Hvidme Archive presents talk by Ethelene Whitmire

June 10 / Hvidme Archive presents performance by Yong Sun Gullach