MOED - Museum of Equality and Difference

MOED Talks: Rosemarie Buikema

In this video series, MOED invites guests to talk about their views on equality and difference through artworks they find inspiring, empowering, and that have stayed with them over time. What is the power of artistic practice and imagination in the struggle towards a more inclusive society? How does imagination, affect, emotion, and reason, in their mutual connections, contribute to a better understanding of equality, difference, and inclusion?

Our first guest is prof. dr. Rosemarie Buikema, MOED’s project leader and professor of Art, Culture and Diversity at Utrecht University. Departing from the works of sculptor Nandipha Mntambo (Mbabane, eSwatini, 1982), Rosemarie Buikema speaks about the political effects of art and how art can function as a form of cultural critique. She reflects on the interaction between matter and form, in this case the evocative relation between the politics and the aesthetics of the cow hide as used by Mntambo, in relation to a heritage of exclusion and oppression.

Cover image:

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.