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This is a body of work concerned with the American rapper Nicki Minaj. In her lyrics she discuss misogyny and power structures—however in her visual language she seemingly exploit stereotyped images of black women's sexuality—tracing all the way back to the inception of American slavery. I find this conflict fascinating.


Through these works I wanted to see if it was possible to produce a poetic alliance with Minaj's imagery. I saw how she was constantly misunderstood—specially by white academic feminist though. Therefore, through a new guardianship in my studio I have taking Minaj's imagery and re-used her method of challenging race-stereotypical images as a means of assisting her in the mission to spell out, enhance, superimpose and, perhaps, even discharge these loaded images. But being a privileged white Scandinavian woman am I even allowed to do this? Am I enforcing structures I do not support..?—simply because painting these images while living in a white body?


“The arts” might not be completely free after all. Find more writings on this conflict here.

Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

Installation view at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, DE

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Minaj, woven painting, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Painted Legs Weave, 2013

130 x 80 cm, oil on 2 canvases, woven together

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Minaj Castle, 2015

Installation of 26 paintings of 46 x 65 cm, oil on canvas, 255 x 260 cm

Installation view at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, DE

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting
Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, woven painting, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

Installation view at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, DE

 

 

 

The Oh My Gosh Weave, 2015

210 x 368 cm, oil on 2 canvases, woven together

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, woven painting, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

Installation view at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, DE

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

Detail of a larger series entitled Minaj Glass Engravings

40,7 x 32,4 cm, framed images, engraving on glass

installation view from THE MINAJ SHOW at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, DE

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Rouge Minaj Triptych, 2015

Triptych; 3 pieces of 3 pieces 46 x 65 cm each, oil on canvas

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, woven painting, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Virus Minaj Triptych, 2015

Triptych; 3 pieces of 46 x 65 cm each, oil on canvas

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Atelier Larsen, contemporary art, dansk kunst, Danish art

 

The Folies Bergère Scenery, 2015

Edition of  5 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 2013 with Atelier Larsen, SE

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, woven painting, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

This is my first large scale Nicki Minaj weave, 2014

200 x 200 cm, oil on 2 canvases, woven together, unstretched

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, woven painting, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Surfy Minaj Triptych, 2015

Triptych; 3 pieces of 46 x 65 cm each, oil on canvas

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Minaj Pants Triptych, 2015

Triptych; 3 pieces of 46 x 65 cm each, oil on canvas

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, woven painting, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Mardi Gras Minaj Triptych, 2015

Triptych; 3 pieces of 46 x 65 cm each, oil on canvas

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

My Ass is an Other/ My Ass is a Present Too, 2015

27 x 35 cm, oil on canvas

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, Minaj, dansk kunst, Danish art, contemporary portrait painting, portrætmaleri, samtida porträttmåleri, dansk maleri, Danish painting, figurative painting, figurativt maleri, skandinaviskt måleri, skandinavisk maleri, Scandinavian painting

 

The Pink Painting, 2014

22 x 27 cm, oil on canvas

 

 

 

Ditte Ejlerskov, contemporary art, dansk kunst, Danish art, oil on canvas

 

The Folies Bergère Scenery, 2015

19 x 24 cm, oil on canvas