Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers and Virgin Islands artist La Vaughn Belle have teamed up to create a monumental public sculpture, I AM QUEEN MARY, at the Danish West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen.
It is the first public monument to a black woman in a country where most of the public statues represent white men.
I AM QUEEN MARY is the first collaborative sculpture to memorialise Denmark’s colonial impact in the Caribbean and those who fought against it.
Unveiled to coincide with the end of the centennial year commemorating the 100th anniversary of Denmark’s sale of the Virgin Islands to the United States in 1917, this project challenges Denmark’s role in slavery and the commemoration of its colonial past. It aims to change the narrative around this history and demonstrates how artists can be leaders in this conversation.
This transformative art project is supported by SMK, The National Gallery of Denmark and ActionAid, Denmark - an international development organisation that fights poverty and injustice all over the world.
Visit the I AM QUEEN MARY official website here.