February 5 – 8, 2020

PERMANENT DESTRUCTION – The HM Concert, De Paardenkathedraal, Utrecht


The HM Concert is the second instalment of a three-part post-dystopian music theatre series that does away with the taboos of visual culture today. Within this culture, emotions such as heartbreak and misogyny must be avoided because they aren’t sexy or Instagram-worthy. After all, you can’t define yourself through displays of hurt. Or can you? Theatre maker Naomi Velissariou’s pop-up band PERMANENT DESTRUCTION  proves that fear can be tamed by honouring it, and that the weight of the world will be lifted from your shoulders if you dance to the beat of your pain. The music – varying from techno to trap, hardcore and punk – is a compelling rendering of a sinister message, or, as the band likes to put it “melodrama on speed”.

Tickets are €18, but MOED readers can use the code ‘permanentmoed’ (use on for €10 discount tickets.

January 18, 2020, 10:30-17:30

The roadmap to equality in the arts in the Netherlands, ArtEZ studium generale, Arnhem


The under- and misrepresentation of women artists, non-binary and genderqueer artists in the Dutch art world is undeniable. What is striking though, is not just the lack of available data but also the lack of an intersectional approach in current research. The time is here to bring about change. How can we act, instead of acknowledging the status quo over and over again?

As part of the program, MOED-colleague Pauline Salet will present her research on the share of female artists, and representation of women in eight Dutch museums, following the example of the Guerrilla Girls. See her 2019 MOED article on this topic here. Together with Astrid Kerchman, MOED’s project coordinator, she has conducted a research project on the share of women artists in the broader Dutch art sector, commissioned by Mama Cash. This resulted in a report and Volkskrant article.

Admission is free, but please register through the website of studium generale.

December 13, 2019, 15:00-17:30

Meet the icons: Extended gallery talk, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Gallery talk

As part of Stedelijk Museum’s Gallery Talks, MOED’s team member and researcher Rosa Wevers will guide the audience through the collection presentation STEDELIJK BASE and address questions of in/visibility. What is the role of representation in museums? How can we critically engage with, and reimagine established canons? She will invite you to reflect on the politics of in- an exclusion that are at play in museum spaces.

This extended Gallery Talks departs from the museum’s historically grown collection and asks how the narratives of the collection can be expanded and/or revisited. The gallery talks will experiment with and present personal gestures that address this question from various perspectives: artistic (Tatjana Macic), art historical (Maurice Rummens) and intersectional feminist (Rosa Wevers).

February 16 – June 30, 2019

What is left unseen, Centraal Museum, Utrecht


In collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, the research team of MOED has curated What is left unseen. The exhibition is the result of a critical intervention in the collection of the Centraal Museum, and takes objects from the collection as a starting point to present critical perspectives. The museum’s pieces of Nola Hatterman, Steve McQueen, Ary Scheffer, Thérèse Schwartze and Nicolaas Beets are exhibited along with a number of pieces by Patricia Kaersenhout, Iris Kensmil, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Jan van Bijlert, Faisal Abdu’allah and Samuel Aranda. Our intervention in the museum raises as key questions: How does one critically engage with dominant accounts of history? How to envisage new ways of seeing and visualizing in the museum? How can we expose the white male gaze that, for centuries, has determined what and how we see in the museum?


Public program image MOED
MOED: Wat niet gezien wordt.
Periode: 2019-02-15 – 2019-06-30
Locatie: Centraal Museum, Utrecht
© Centraal Museum, Utrecht / Ernst Moritz

30 June 2019
Keti Koti Utrecht 2019

This year, Keti Koti Utrecht will consist of a guided city tour “Sporen van slavernij in Utrecht”, a ceremony with speakers, a visit to the exhibition MOED: What is Left Unseen and music in Centraal Musueum, and a screening of the documentary ‘Demon of Diva’ including a conversation with amongst others Sarita Bajnath and Nancy Jouwe.

Click here for more info.

June 12 – 15-18.15

What is Still Left Unseen?, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Talk & Performance

Registration closed, performance is open to everyone

Iris Kensmil, Sojourner Truth, 2019, fotografie G.J.vanROOIJ

The exhibition ‘MOED: What is Left Unseen’ is coming to an end on June 30. Therefore, on June 12th, MOED organizes an afternoon program centered around the exhibition. Together with members of the curatorial team (Nancy Jouwe, Rosemarie Buikema and Rolando Vázquez), Domitilla Olivieri and artist Iris Kensmil, we will reflect on the exhibition, and look ahead.

What insights have we gained, where do we stand now, and what comes next for us in the Dutch art world? The program will end with the performance ‘November 29, 1781’ by Brazilian artist Priscila Rezende.

15:00-15.15: Visiting ‘MOED: What is Left Unseen’ exhibition

15.15-15:45: Talks by MOED’s curators Nancy Jouwe, Rosemarie Buikema and Rolando Vázquez

15:45-16:05: Nancy Jouwe in conversation with Iris Kensmil on her artistic practice and the Venice Biennale

16:05-16:30: Panel session with curators, chaired by Domitilla Olivieri

16.30-16.45: Visiting ‘MOED: What is Left Unseen’ with curators & artists

16.45-18:15: Performance ‘November 29, 1781’ by Priscila Rezende (outside)

Practical information:

  • Location: Centraal Museum, space ‘de Verdieping’ (next to exhibition spaces 7 + 8)
  • Time: 15:00-16.45, followed by Priscila Rezende’s performance until 18:15
  • Entry: Free, museum ticket is needed (museumjaarkaart/ICOM is valid).
  • Language: English
  • Priscila Rezende’s performance is free of charge and can be visited without attending the panel and talks

The work that Rezende will perform at the museum, ’29 de novembro, 1781′ recalls and reflects the life and death of those enslaved throughout the entire process that meant slavery exploitation between the 16th and 19th century, the main motor of development of the European continent.

Image courtesy Iris Kensmil, Sojourner Truth, 2019, fotografie G.J.van ROOIJ.

This event is co-funded by the IOS Gender & Diversity Hub of Utrecht University.

[Event in Dutch]

April 4, 18.30-21, Museum Café

Het meerstemmige museum, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Talk & workshop

Voor de tentoonstelling MOED: Wat niet gezien wordt en Joyce Vlaming: Act II, 12 portraits onderzoekt het Centraal Museum hoe we dominante verhalen in een ander perspectief kunnen zien, en met een kritische blik kunnen kijken naar onze eigen collectie. Door met anderen in gesprek te gaan, hopen we zo onze bezoeker te verrijken met verhalen uit de wereld van Utrecht en ver daarbuiten. Maar wat betekent meerstemmigheid en diversiteit nou echt? Waarom is het zo belangrijk dat deze vraag juist in de kunsten speelt? Waar staan we nu? En hoe kunnen we, als museum, bewust de toekomst in?

Het programma bestaat uit interactieve workshop, waarin we de bezoeker op een hands-on manier naar het museum laten kijken en mee laten denken. We gaan samen op zoek naar alternatieve manieren van zien, gezien worden en presenteren de resultaten van de workshop aan het einde van de avond.

Na de workshop zal Nancy Jouwe het gesprek leiden over meerstemmigheid in het museum. We hebben vanuit de hoek van de maker, de denker en de community gasten gevraagd om met Jouwe het gesprek aan te gaan, wat ons als museum hopelijk verder kan helpen te werken bewust de toekomst in te gaan.

Prijs: Gratis op vertoon van geldig entreebewijs
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February 27, 2019. 4 pm – 5 pm

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Gallery talk

In this Gallery Talk, part of our public program, Lieke Hettinga offers a tour through Stedelijk BASE, the permanent exhibition of the museum.  What role plays art in addressing issues of “in/equality” and “difference”? Driven by this question and informed by feminist and queer theory, Lieke Hettinga will share their gaze into a selection of artworks, with the aim to explore the politics of representation at stake, and reflect on the significance of feminism in art history.

Lieke Hettinga is a researcher, based at the Graduate Gender Program at Utrecht University as well as at the Gender Studies Department at the Central European University in Budapest. Their research is located at the intersection of queer theory, transgender studies, critical disability studies, and visual cultural studies and their PhD research is part of the GRACE: Gender and Cultures of Equality research project.

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March 7-9, 2019

GRACE conference, different locations in Utrecht

MOED is part of the GRACE conference 2019, titled Gender and Cultures of In/Equality in Europe: visions, poetics, strategies. GRACE is the largest cross-European collaboration of its kind, involving 15 early stage researchers and a wider group of 100 scholars, based in over 10 countries. For the past three years, GRACE has systematically investigated what ‘equality’ means in the European context today. The conference celebrates the achievements of GRACE’s work and provides opportunities to explore the themes of the research through a range of activities.

Friday March 8, 2019

SOLD OUT: Feminist Festival, Centraal Museum Utrecht

MOED X Mama Cash

MOED and Mama Cash have joined forces for Mama Cash’s annual Feminist Festival taking place on International Women’s Day. We are working on an awesome program in the Centraal Museum around the imaginary, art, decolonization and of course feminism. The program wil be in English.

Check the Facebook event for more information.

Please note that the festival will take place at the Centraal Museum’s Tuinzaal: Nicolaasdwarsstraat 14, Utrecht. This is a different entrance than the museum’s main entrance.

Guerilla Girls wealth and power


Image: ‘Wealth & Power’, 2006 © Guerrilla Girls, courtesy