Prizm Art Fair

I AM QUEEN MARY WITH JEANNETTE EHLERS & LAVAUGHN BELLE
I am Queen Mary

I AM QUEEN MARY WITH JEANNETTE EHLERS & LAVAUGHN BELLE

I Am Queen Mary is a collaborative sculpture project between Jeannette Ehlers (DK/Trinidad) and La Vaughn Belle (USVI) that commemorates the Centennial anniversary of the transfer of the former Danish West Indies (today known as the US Virgin Islands) from Denmark to the United State. I Am Queen Mary takes as its point of departure the historical figure of Mary Thomas, an important leader of the ‘Fireburn’ labour revolt on St. Croix. A site-specific intervention, I Am Queen Mary will occupy the waterfront by Copenhagen’s West Indian Warehouse that stored sugar, rum and other goods produced by enslaved workers in Denmark’s former Caribbean colonies.  This talk will focus on contextualizing the project as a site of conflict, agency and hybridity and continue the much-needed conversations around the vast implications of Danish colonialism in the fields of politics and aesthetics.

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