Performance and Q & A with Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers at Royal College of Art, Battersea.
With the performance Whip it Good, Jeannette Ehlers re-enacts one of the most brutal punishment methods used during slavery. In using the same method, the whipping, on a white canvas, Ehlers acts out a simple but tense rebellion against the past. Whip it Good was first commissioned by Art Labour Archives and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in 2013.
The audience will be invited to participate in this performance.
A drinks reception will follow the performance as well as a Q & A session with Jeannette Ehlers and Karen Alexander (TBC).
Jeannette Ehlers is a Danish-Trinidadian visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ehlers works primarily with video and photography and her practice focuses on colonial
and decolonial history. She was educated at the Funen Art Academy and the Royal Danish
Academy of Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions and conferences include: POSSESSION: Art, Power
and Black Womanhood, New Shelterplan, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); “Jeannette Ehlers
Say it Loud”, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014);
CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World, Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA (2014) and El Museo
del Barrio, New York, USA (2013) BLACK BULLETS Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
(2013) BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS, BE.BOP 2012 and 2013; ENTER 2011: Ung Dansk
Samtidskunst, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2011); Subtle Whispering, Total
Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2007).
This performance is part of a series of events taking place during the Curating Conversations summer curatorial programme organised by the Inspire Legacy team in partnership with the Royal College of Art.