Whip It Good is a live performance by Jeannette Ehlers, a Caribbean diaspora artist born and based in Denmark. It was first presented in Berlin at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in 2013 and later recreated at Vestindisk Pakhus (“The West India Warehouse”) in Copenhagen, where, in earlier times, rum, sugar, and coffee from the Antilles were lugged in. This performance will be re-enacted on April 16, 2014 at 7pm at ArtCenter/South Florida’s Richard Shack Gallery where she will challenge the audience with a deceivingly simple action: whipping—one of the most brutal means of punishment during slavery.
Whip It Good is a modest but tense rebellion against the past.
Ehlers currently has a major solo exhibition Say It Loud at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center and her work is part of Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at the Perez Art Museum Miami.