Jannat – literally paradise – is a promise and a fantasy. In the video installation, Jannat becomes a dark invitation. The work refers to the paintings on the backs of the Rikshaws in Lahore, Pakistan. Oversized letters serve as projection screen.
In the Indian press, Jannat was described as „Welcome to heaven, where salmon pink skies reflect in peaceful waters, where gliding boats ply and birds fly into the sunset. Ernst‘s interpretation of Jannat is where kitsch meets high art. Four-foot-high letters spell out ‚COME‘, further enhanced by a projection of Pakistani auto-rickshaw art depicting a naïve interpretation of idyll … being disrupted by bomb blast. „Georgina Maddox, The Indian EXPRESS, 2007.