11 ┈ My African Letters

Poses on warm asphalt
Polyptych; oil on 4 canvases, 2011


The dialogue in ”My African Letters” (later published) was initiated by the lawyer Amadi Omorose Azagba, whose former client Gabriel Ejlerskov, had tragically died and left behind a marvelous house in French colonial style and an astronomical sum of money to be transferred to a relative. This correspondence develops into a lengthy exchange of letters, where the degree of detail gradually increases, almost making the story, which I know is a lie, real. The presentation of this project consisted of the letters and a number of paintings, illustrating some of the many images and dreams that were so vividly described in the letters from Azagba in his effort to make the story real to me. In the prologue of the book I describe, what it felt like to be force-fed a white man’s exotic prejudices, and how I completely lost my sense of perspective of, what was an artificial prejudice, and what was examples of my own true preconceptions of Africa. In the end: who was using who? Was I by definition ”the bad guy”  because I of my privilege? Was all this my responsibility since Azagba is probably poor and I am fair-haired? What sort of post-colonial guilt-game had I wrapped myself into?

Ditte Ejlerskov

A car accident on Togo Ghana express way, 2011
22 x 27 cm, oil on canvas


Ditte Ejlerskov

A medium size pool with many beautiful plants around it, 2011
110 x 110 cm, oil on canvas


Ditte Ejlerskov

French stucco ceiling, 2011
80 x 100 cm, oil on canvas


Poses on warm asphalt, 2011
Polyptych; oil on 4 canvases


Ditte Ejlerskov

Poses on warm asphalt, 2011
Polyptych; oil on 4 canvases


Thoughts of love, 2011
50 x 50, oil on 5 canvases


Facts and Fashion, 2011
Polyptych; oil on 5 canvas


Detail; Facts and Fashion, 2011
Polyptych; oil on 5 canvas


A perplexing keenness, 2011
50 x 50 cm, oil on 5 canvases


This is the place to stay forever, 2011
226 cm x 330 cm, oil on 4 canvases


When reconnected to the dream, everything can be reborn, 2011
50 x 50 cm, oil on 5 canvases


I dive in, 2012
50 x 50 cm, oil on 4 canvases


Covering up, 2011
38 x 30 cm, oil on canvas


Africa Style, 2011
56 x 27 cm, oil on 5 canvases


All dreams are broken, 2011
Polyptych; oil on 5 canvases


Detail; All dreams are broken, 2011
Polyptych; oil on 5 canvases


The exhibition took place in 2011 and the project was published as a book with the same title in 2012. Find the book here and a low resolution PDF of the correspondence here.