Ditte Ejlerskov has worked with the pop icon Rihanna as a subject and motif. One day, one of her pieces awoke and said “Hi. You made me up, Ditte. I am no longer a representation of Rihanna. I am a myth you created in your head”. The awakened muse said that Dittte embodied the white european privilege. Ejlerskov remembers: “As I studied the painting (depicting who I thought was Rihanna) I immediately understood that I had painted a paparazzi-ish painting that had no direct connection to any real event. It was fantasy. Thus, I began a search for reason in the relationships between artefact, maker, owner and user”. Through this exhibition the artist illustrates this inner conflict.
The program and events in relation to the exhibition can be found here.
About Ditte Ejlerskov:
Ditte Ejlerskov was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, 1982. She studied at Malmö Konsthögskola, Sweden, and since graduation has exhibited at various art institutions in Sweden such as Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Art Museum, Skissernas Museum in Lund, Uppsala Art Museum and Konstakademin in Stockholm. In Norway she has exhibited at Kristiansand Kunsthall and at Stenersen Museum in Oslo. She has also exhibited at The Free Exhibition Building and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark, at CCA Andtrax in Spain, at Bonn Art Museum in Bonn, Germany, at Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland and at Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, Texas, US. Ejlerskov was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award 2012 and in 2017 painted the official portrait of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark's Prime Minister from 2011-2015.