In the Museum of Equality and Difference (MOED) you discover artworks that engage with notions of equality and difference. We show how artists are in conversation with societal change through the questions: what does equality look like, for whom and why?; what does difference look like, for whom and why? To realize a sustainable and inclusive society we need to be able to articulate, visualize and communicate what equality means, we need a concrete image of what it could look like. That is why MOED celebrates the work of artists who create imaginaries of a different – and more equal – future. MOED gives a platform to artists, cultural institutions, and feminist, anti-racist and posthuman activist organisations and scholars who make us feel, see and hear how processes of inclusion and exclusion work and how we can fight inequality.

From a feminist, decolonial and posthumanist vision, MOED collaborates with a variety of cultural and institutional partners. Leading up to 2019, we create an interactive online collection of artworks on our website, a series of events and an educational programme. We are also developing several physical exhibitions that you can visit in 2019. During this process we are open to new collaborations with cultural institutions, political activists and independent artists. We warmly invite you to participate in the dialogue by sending in artworks or proposing a collaboration.

Our activities build on the centenary of women in the Netherlands gaining full suffrage, which will be memorized and celebrated in 2019. We see this as an important moment to reflect on the status of equality and difference today. Obviously, the struggle for equality and inclusion did not end when women got the vote; rather, this pivotal moment represented the start of a much wider process of awakening to processes of exclusion based on racism, sexism, anthropocentrism, and many other forms of discrimination.

The MOED is working both from and with the principles of intersectional feminism as a methodology with which to question the significance of concepts of equality and difference. Intersectionality has its roots in Gender Studies and Critical Race Studies, and provides insight in the complex connection and intersection of different power structures. An intersectional approach makes visible how processes of exclusion, such as sexism and racism, each have their own history and appearance, but also intersect and produce different forms of inequality within the same category.


MOED is an initiative by Rosemarie Buikema; professor of Art, Culture and Diversity at Utrecht University. She chairs the UU Graduate Gender programme and is the scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG). She is the author of Revoltes in de Cultuurkritiek (AUP 2017), in which the intersections between art and politics are analysed from a feminist and postcolonial perspective.

MOED is coordinated by Rosa Wevers. Astrid Kerchman is MOED’s research intern.

The advisory board consists of a team of researchers: dr. Rolando Vázquez, assistant professor at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher of the Graduate Gender Programme; dr. Layal Ftouni, assistant professor and researcher of the Graduate Gender Programme and drs. Nancy Jouwe, affiliated researcher at the Graduate Gender Programme.

The Museum of Equality and Difference aims to build a national collection, but also has partners with a European and international orientation. The MOED has been inspired by GRACE — Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe (graceproject.eu) — and Global Grace, a British Research Council funded project. These projects aim to systematically investigate the cultural production of gendered (in-)equalities—both within Europe and globally.


Nandipha Mntambo, Emabutfo, 2009; cowhide, resin, polyester mesh, waxed cord; 24 figures, each approx. 120 x 60 x 20 cm; installation dimensions approx. 120 x 230 x 440 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg.