In The Invisible Empire Jeannette Ehlers has worked with her father, Roy Clement Pollard, as narrator and performer. Her father is from Trinidad, W.I., her mother Danish. By involving her own ethnic back- ground she magnifies reality to study the consequences of eroding information.
Ehlers works thematically revolve around Danish slave trade in colonial times. With The Invisible Empire she looks at today’s slave trade, also known as ‘human traf- ficking’. By introducing her father in this context, she subtly inter- twines her personal history with the narrative of the work.
Her questioning of historical ties and personal implications unfolds a strong pull on the viewer while raising awareness for servitude in globalized societies.
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