On Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm La Vaughn Belle will present a lecture about the exhibition “Chaney: Stories From Migrant Fragments” now on display in Fort Christiansvaern which was organized in collaboration with cultural heritage researcher Gitte Westergaard. The talk will discuss the various ways that “chaney” is used and interpreted in present day society as well as how it connects to the colonial past.

La Vaughn Belle is a multidisciplinary artist. She holds a MFA from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba and an MA and BA from Columbia University. For several years her work has responded to the questions surrounding the coloniality of the Virgin Islands, both in its present relationship to the US and it’s past one to Denmark. The resulting vocabulary borrows from elements of architecture, literature, history, archeology and social protest to create narratives that challenge the colonial process. She has exhibited her work in the Caribbean, the USA and Europe.

Gitte Westergaard, is a graduate student at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.