FLAG – Jeannette Ehlers

The fifth artist is Jeanette Ehler’s (b. 1973). Her art pieces revolve around big questions and difficult issues, such as Denmark’s role as a slave nation. Her flag will be hoisted October 6th at 12am in the garden of Holm’s House.

“Until the lion has his historian, the hunter will always be a hero” is an African saying moderated and written with crushed charcoal on the flag created by Jeannette Ehlers (b.1973). The artist found the saying in a dungeon in Fort Prinzenstein in Keta, Ghana.

Fort Prinzenstein was built by the Danes in 1784 as an important transit in the Danish administered Transatlantic slave trade. Today the fort is partially ruined eroded by the rising ocean, but it is a continuing testimony of the cruelty perpetrated there. The grafitti also points to the resistance from the people made into slaves and their descendants whose narratives often are written out and not part of the History of the Western world.

There are national flags, football flags, maritime signal flags, prayer flags, and so forth. A flag has many meanings – there are flag flying days over the year, official flying of flags, flags for celebrations or for everyday occasions. When a flag is flown, something is being indicated or a communication occurs over distance. A flag can express an identity or a relation of belonging.

Artist Gudrun Hasle, in collaboration with Nuuk Art Museum, has invited a series of artists from different countries to create each a flag for the flagstaff by Holms Hus, in the centre of Nuuk.