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Henrik Rungs Gade 25, 2200 København N

tors-lør 13 -17

Ledgers From a Lost Kingdom

La Vaughn Belle

11.03.2017 - 14.05.2017


Ledgers From a Lost Kingdom
by La Vaughn Belle

Opening: Friday March 10th at 5-8 pm
Exhibition period: March 11th – May 14th 2017

2017 is the centenary of Denmark’s sale of three Virgin Islands to the US. At meter we mark this through the exhibition 'Unravelings'. This is a five-month exhibition in which we look at Denmark as a colonial power, and how this affects today’s society and our sense of national identity. The exhibition has not been static but has developed and expanded throughout the first three months. On March 10th we will give way to the next phase of the exhibition with a solo-contribution by artist La Vaughn Belle that will give a voice to how the Danish colonial presence has impacted the people of the Virgin Islands.


An extensive archive witnessing Denmark’s relations to its former colonies exists through documents, images and objects. However, since the sale of the Danish West Indies in 1917, most of this information was retrieved by Denmark, stored and archived far from the people of the now named US Virgin Islands. 

The upcoming centenary has prompted the digitization of these archives, making them available for public consumption. Yet, when records have been inaccessible to a community for so long, other ways of creating collective memory takes over. Alternative accounts are formed through oral traditions, material culture and architecture that challenge some of the silence inherent in the colonial order of things as seen through its archival productions.

La Vaughn Belle uses her work as a way of adding to the records by creating counter-narratives. She uses the framework of a ledger to challenge the objective authority of the archive by both adding her own subjectivity as well as documenting the agency of the subjects these archives portray. Similarly she looks at how the architecture of the Virgin Islands can be seen as a physical trace of the ways in which people constructed and negotiated their identities and spaces of freedom. 

meter is a non-profit exhibition space centred around curatorial experimentation. During our first two years we will create exhibitions that take an investigative and critical view of society and structures within society through art and artistic practices.

For more information visit our homepage www.meterspace.dk or contact us via e-mail: info@meterspace.dk

The exhibition is supported by:
The Danish Arts Foundation, The City of Copenhagen, Nørrebro Lokaludvalg and Danish Art Workshops.

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