Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art from Denmark

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Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art from Denmark. / Petersen, Anne Ring.

In: Art History, Vol. x, No. x, 31.12.2019, p. xx-xx.

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Petersen, AR 2019, 'Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art from Denmark', Art History, vol. x, no. x, pp. xx-xx.

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Petersen, A. R. (Accepted/In press). Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art from Denmark. Art History, x(x), xx-xx.

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Petersen AR. Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art from Denmark. Art History. 2019 Dec 31;x(x):xx-xx.

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Petersen, Anne Ring. / Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art from Denmark. In: Art History. 2019 ; Vol. x, No. x. pp. xx-xx.

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abstract = "In the 2000s, postcolonial critique effectively changed the agendas of contemporary art and art history, also in Denmark where several artists began to engage with the local history of colonialism, the question of Denmark’s share in the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and chattel slavery, and the continued effects of colonialism on contemporary societies. After outlining the activities on the Danish art scene, this essay hones in on Jeannette Ehlers and Nanna Debois Buhl, two Copenhagen-based artists who have made the history of the Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands) the topic of several video works. I propose that their perceptions of Danish colonialism and its effects on the islands are very different. Therefore, their works need to be analysed within different frameworks: in Buhl’s case, a combined postcolonial and critical whiteness studies perspective; in Ehlers’s case, a combined decolonial and postcolonial perspective. Furthermore, a postmigrant perspective will be introduced to provide a frame for understanding how closely the critique of (Danish) colonialism ties in with pluralisation processes in society at large.",
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