Jeannette Ehlers’s work is characterized by its experimental nature. Often using image manipulation in her photographic and video-based works, she explores identity and meaning within these changeable terms, in both subtle and immediate ways. Inspired by her own Danish/Caribbean background, she has created cinematic universes that delve into ethnicity and identity, conveying imaginative stories in a visual language that is sharp yet engaging. Her works revolve around big questions and difficult issues, such as Denmark’s role as a slave trading nation, an aspect of Danish cultural heritage that is often glossed over in the country’s historiography.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ehlers graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2006. Selected exhibition venues include: Rauma Biennale Balticum (Rauma, Finland); HALLE 14 (Leipzig, Germany); The McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans); Autograph ABP, Rivington Place (London); Urban Video Project, Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY); Mémorial ACTe (Guadeloupe); Brundyn+ Gallery (Cape Town); Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (Denmark); REDCAT (Los Angeles); LMAKprojects (NYC); Dak’Art (Dakar, Senegal); Pérez Art Museum (Miami); Videokunst.ch (Bern, Switzerland); Cooper Union (NYC); Parisian Laundry (Montreal); Ballhaus Naunynstrasse (Berlin); Framer Framed (Amsterdam); Museo Del Barrio (NYC); ISCP (NYC); Cartel Gallery (London); Total Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul); and Århus Art Building (Denmark).