On 16 February 2019, the exhibition 'MOED: What is left unseen' will open in Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The exhibition was created in collaboration with MOED (Museum of Equality and Difference), the cultural critical research group of Gender Studies at Utrecht University. MOED is an initiative of Prof. Rosemarie Buikema (Gender Studies).
In recent years, diversity and exclusion have become major topics of research and debate in the world of museums and of culture more generally. How can museums reflect on processes of exclusion and inclusion by revisiting their collections, modes of display and curatorial language? How can the museum be a place open to a multiplicity of publics? And what exactly does diversity entail, and how can we translate this into policy and practice? What does equality look like, for whom and why? And what does difference look like, for whom and why? To investigate these questions further, Centraal Museum has teamed up with MOED: the Museum of Equality and Difference.
The collaboration between MOED and Centraal Museum has resulted in the exhibition 'What is left unseen'. According to MOED, the presentation exposes the white male gaze from different perspectives. MOED’s critical intervention in the musuem raises some key questions: How does one critically engage with dominant accounts of history? How can we envisage new ways of seeing and visualising in the museum? These and other questions are explicitly addressed in 'What is left unseen', and they will help the museum to develop a more inclusive programme.
The exhibition MOED: What is left unseen runs from 16 February to 30 June 2019.