Date: 20 Jan 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
Location: I meter I
Unravelings was an exhibition marking the centenial of Denmarks sale of three Virgin Islands to the US. The exhibition slowly took form, developed and expanded over the five-month long exhibition period. With the exhibition we looked at Denmark as a colonial power, and how it affects today’s society and our sense of national identity.
Annarosa Krøyer Holm
Nanna Debois Buhl
La Vaughn Belle
Teju Adisa-Farrar & Hanna Mikosch
Trine Mee Sook Gleerup
2017 was 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.
Mar 3 / Decoloniality and Feminism: Panel discussion with Jeannette Ehlers, La Vaughn Belle and Uzma Ahmed at Action Aid Denmark.
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