Huey’s Re-Mix 2013: Whip it good by Jeannette Ehlers

“Ehlers, drawing from her performance and video based practice, worked with a promotional image that was created for a solo exhibition and highlighted her performance “Whip It Good”. In this performance piece she whips black ash onto a large white canvas. In the poster image she draws on the iconic photograph of the leader of the Black Panther party, Huey P. Newton, seated in a peacock chair holding a rifle and a spear. Ehlers wanted to connect various resistance movements and center them in the figure of Queen Mary, one of the main leaders of the 1878 labor revolt in St. Croix, also known as the “Fireburn”, and place her in front of the Danish West Indian warehouse in Copenhagen.”