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Creolised Dance, Museumised Space: Jeannette Ehlers and Decolonial Re-Edification

Ananya Jahanara Kabir    King’s College London, UK    

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This chapter examines three works by Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers that involve dance as ritual movement in what I call“museumised space”. Examining these dances as creolised products arising from the enslavement of Africans by European nations, I will argue that Ehlers performs through them an Afropean decolonial praxis of ‘re-edification’ around the silences surrounding Denmark’s colonial past, involving in particular a dialectic between spectrality and material sumptuousness that draws purposely on dance in relation to the materiality of sound.

Published
Sept. 16, 2021
Submitted
April 12, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-535-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-534-6