My African Letters

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


The dialogue in ”My African Letters” 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 in reality ”the bad guy” simply because I am more privileged than Azagba, and because I have spent 20 years in schools in Northern Europe? 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
22 x 27 cm, oil on canvas, 2011

Ditte Ejlerskov

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

Ditte Ejlerskov

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

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

Ditte Ejlerskov

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

Thoughts of love
50 x 50, oil on 5 canvases, 2012

Facts and Fashion
Polyptych; oil on 5 canvas, 2011

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

A perplexing keenness
50 x 50 cm, oil on 5 canvases, 2012

This is the place to stay forever
226 cm x 330 cm, oil on 4 canvases, 2011
Installation view at LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, DK, 2011

When reconnected to the dream, everything can be reborn
50 x 50 cm, oil on 5 canvases, 2012

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

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

Africa Style
56 x 27 cm, oil on 5 canvases, 2012

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

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

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.