Artist: Jeanette Ehlers (DK)
In the installation The Gaze artist Jeannette Ehlers adress structural issues of coloniality, racialization, and migration.
The installation produces an intense situation where the gaze is at the center. The confrontational style of the setting poetically tries to expose colonialism's imprint at the present time, reflecting on humanity and power structures, as well as challenging "the white gaze."
Jeannette Ehlers is a Caribbean diaspora visual artist born and based in Denmark. Experimental nature generally characterizes Jeannette Ehlers’s work. Image manipulation is often included in the artist’s photographic and video-based works. On these changeable terms meaning and identity are explored, in both a sophisticated and immediate way.
For years she has created cinematic universes that delve into ethnicity and identity inspired by her own Danish / West Indian background. She challenges and explores the film medium’s ability to communicate in a visually fascinating and engaging language. Creating imaginative stories with edge and sharpness, her work still retains the broad appeal. Her pieces revolve around big questions and difficult issues, such as Denmark’s role as a slave nation – part of the Danish cultural heritage, which often gets overlooked in the general historiography.