16. - 18. October: Glasgow Looking at / with / for / after one another with Jeannette Ehlers
The video installations BLACK IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD. I&I (2019) and THE GAZE (2017-ongoing) by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers are the starting point for Europe’s Kitchen in Scotland. An event series in Glasgow and Huntly combines food, recipes and intellectual responses to Jeannette Ehlers` art to create different forms and layers of exchange, locally as well as online.
Watch our online-discussion with Jeannette Ehlers, Paul Gilroy, A.L. Kennedy, Lizzie Collingham and our host Priya Basil – a conversation about art, hospitality, Europe, power relations and togetherness in the present time.
Responses to Jeannette Ehler`s video installations
Cooking with the Soul Food Sisters
For Europe`s Kitchen we invited the Soul Food Sisters to create a menu around Jeannette Ehlers` video installations based on their own experiences and perspectives. The menu was served in their café in the Eastend of Glasgow and in Huntly, where recipe boxes were sent out so local residents. We also invited our guests to answer three questions about themselves and Europe. Here`s one recipe you can easily cook at home and some of the collected answers. Enjoy!
Jeannette Ehlers is a Danish-Trinidadian artist based in Copenhagen. Her work often addresses themes and questions around memory, race, colonialism and colonialty. She is well-known for co-creating the public art project, a monumental public sculpture, I Am Queen Mary, with La Vaughn Belle in 2018. It is the first public sculpture of a Black woman in Denmark paying tribute to resistance and to Mary Thomas, leader of the 1878 "Fireburn" labor revolt on St. Croix- a former Danish colony. Experimental nature generally characterizes Jeannette Ehlers's work. On these changeable terms meaning and identity are explored, in both a sophisticated and immediate way. 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.