Group Exhibition: "Where is Here" at the Museum of the African Diaspora
Oct
25
Apr 2

Group Exhibition: "Where is Here" at the Museum of the African Diaspora

Group Exhibition: "Where is Here" at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.  Curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur, the show will present works of contemporary artists who are developing personal and engaged languages to claim, make and describe space.

 

Group Exhibition: NEW BLOOD
Feb
16
Mar 16

Group Exhibition: NEW BLOOD

Curated by Lucien Downes this group show explores new work by artists living and working on St. Croix. Caribbean Musuem Center for the Arts, St. Croix, VI

Artist Residency: Danish Arts Workshop
Mar
1
Mar 14

Artist Residency: Danish Arts Workshop

In final preparation for the solo exhibition at Meter La Vaughn Belle will be doing a residency completing the project "Constructed Manumissions".

“Constructed Manumissions” is a project I began working on during my last residency in at the Danish Arts Workshop in August 2016. It consists of constructing small house models that use the fretwork designs of the town of Frederiksted in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. During the Danish colonial period this town was burned down during an 1878 Labor Revolt. Although slavery had been abolished 30 years prior, the working and living conditions were not much different. The town was rebuilt during what was known as the “Victorian Era” where these ornate building embellishments were popular. Additionally the shape of the house is based on the designs of the homes of the working class, in particular the “Free Colored” community in which my artist studio is located in Christiansted. Together the references speak to this larger idea of constructed and negotiated freedoms, how people created liberatory spaces for themselves, and how these ideas are very much connected to the architecture of the Virgin Islands, formerly the Danish West Indies.

Mar
3
5:00 pm17:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: LA VAUGHN BELLE, JEANNETTE EHLERS & UZMA AHMED, COPENHAGEN

Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke welcomes you to four days of feminism, freedom and party!

In this talk the curators of the exhibition space I meter I and the development organization Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke / Action Aid Denmark have joined forces and will present a panel discussion about the link between feminism and decolonization.

2017 is the centenary of Denmark’s sale of the Caribbean Islands St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John to the US. For 250 years these islands were exploited as a profitable sugar industry, based on slave labour. Three quarters of the islands’ population today are the descendants of slaves and the structural and mental imprints of colonialism are still evident.

In Denmark we have spent a lot of 2016 debating ‘ Brown feminism’ – the issue of not only being a woman in the Danish society, but being a woman AND brown. The issues that arise are of racial and feminist character and some debaters talk about double-oppression.

°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°• PANEL °•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•°•

La Vaughn Belle – artist, the Virgin Islands (www.lavaughnbelle.com)

Jeanette Ehlers – artist, Denmark (www.jeannetteehlers.dk)

Uzma Ahmed - co-founder of De Brune Feminister (www.uzma.dk)

The debate will center around following questions:

- What is the link between feminism and decolonization?
- How can this be represented in the arts? What is your own experience and practice?
- Exploring the effects of colonization in a global perspective
• Fredag d. 3. marts:

Where: MS/Møderiet, Fælledvej 9, København N.

FULL PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL: 
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SOLO EXHIBITION: "Ledgers From a Lost Kingdom"
Mar
10
May 15

SOLO EXHIBITION: "Ledgers From a Lost Kingdom"

Solo exhibition at |meter| in Copenhagen, Denmark. Curated by Rie Hovmann Rasmussen and Louise Lassen Iversen. The opening is on March 10th from 5-8pm with an afterparty at after party at Sorte Firkant, Blågaardsgade 29 in Norrebro. For more info see here.

The relationship with the US Virgin Islands and its former colonizer, Denmark, has often been characterized as an economic endeavor. One is which there exists an extensive archive of transactional information about the colonies through documents, images and objects. However,  since the sale of the Danish West Indies in 1917, most of this information was retrieved by Denmark and stored and archived far from the people of the now named US Virgin Islands. The upcoming centennial anniversary of this transfer marks a moment in which these archives are being digitized and made available for public consumption.  Yet, when records have been inaccessible to a community for so long, either through physical distance or language barriers, as Virgin Islanders do not speak Danish, there are other ways that collective memory has been formed. Inside the oral traditions, material culture and architecture alternative accounts and archives have been created that challenge some of the silences inherent in a colonial archive. Belle uses her work as a way of adding to the record by creating alternative documents and narratives. She also uses the framework of a ledger to challenge the objective authority of the archive by adding her subjectivity while documenting the agency of the subjects of these records.  Similarly, she looks to the architecture of the Virgin Islands as a record of the ways in which people constructed and negotiated their identities and spaces of freedom.

 

 

May
11
5:30 pm17:30

LECTURE: CHANEY: STORIES FROM MIGRANT FRAGMENTS

As a part of the National Parks Lecture Series there will be a talk about the collaborative exhibition "Chaney: Stories From Migrant Fragments" with artist La Vaughn Belle and cultural heritage researcher Gitte Westergaard.


Group Exhibition: Unravellings, Udstillingsstedet Meter, Copenhagen, DK
Jan
20
8:30 am08:30

Group Exhibition: Unravellings, Udstillingsstedet Meter, Copenhagen, DK

UnravellingsUdstillingsstedet Meter, Copenhagen, DK

Curated by Rie Hovmann Rasmussen and Louise Lassen Iversen

2017 is the centenary of Denmark’s sale of the Caribbean Islands St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John to the US. For 250 years these islands were exploited as a profitable sugar industry, based on slave labour. Three quarters of the islands’ population today are the descendants of slaves and the structural and mental imprints of colonialism are still evident. Architectural details and street names bear witness to the Danish presence on the islands. Conversely colonialism helped to finance the Danish state and the construction of many of the historic buildings in Copenhagen. Our ownership of the islands influenced the development of Denmark both economically and structurally. But what about the mental imprints left on us by colonialism? Is an awareness of this part of our past only upheld through a sense of history or does it also influence our understanding of ourselves?

Unravelings is an exhibition of both national and international art that will slowly take form, develop and expand through different stages over the five-month long exhibition period.

For more information see this link.

Dec
7
12:00 pm12:00

Take FIVE: ART INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

ART INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL DECEMBER 4 – 8, 2016

Take Five Art Exhibition and Education Series features visual and performance works by Rashaad Newsome, Oceana James, Kharis Kennedy, La Vaughn Belle and David Antonio Cruz. These interdisciplinary artists confront the effects and legacy of colonization stemmed from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, through the lenses of gender, race, identity and power.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Belle's "The House That Freedom Built" is a multidisciplinary project that is centered in a 17th century historic property located in the abandoned neighborhood known previously as "Neger Gotter" during the Danish colonial era.  Later called "Free Gut" the area housed the "free colored" population during the slavery period. Belle's project includes documenting the renovation of the house, various social engagement activities and a recounting of the previous owners and residents of the space which have included African born market women to the most famous leader in Crucian history, D. Hamilton Jackson. Belle will present and immersive installation at "The House That Freedom Built" that will incorporate sound, text, photographs and video

For more information on the Take Five project see here.

 

Aug
13
1:00 pm13:00

ARTIST TALK: Flensburg Maritime Museum, Germany

As a part of their exploration into the Afro-Caribbean contribution to the city, also known as the "Rum City", the Flensburg Maritime Musuem will host it's second annual AFRO-KARIBISCHES HOFFEST. Belle will present a talk on her work in in a section of the program entitled, "Post Colonial?".

Jul
25
Aug 15

Artist Residency: Danish Arts Workshop

Residency at the Danish Arts Workshop in connection with an upcoming solo exhibit at "meter" in 2017 that will connect to the upcoming centennial anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the US.

For more info on the Danish Arts Workshop click here and here.