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
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 6 / I tråd med tiden. Performance by Jessie Kleemann.
Feb 2 / Screening of Kapwani Kiwanga’s film Sun Ra Repatriation Project
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