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Liberté, égalité, diversité

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Writing in various newspapers

Opinion piece @ Weekendavisen
October 2022
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Opinion piece @ Jyllands-Posten
September 2022
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Essay @ Magasinet Kunst
August 2022
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Opinion piece @ KUNSTEN.NU
Maj 2022
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Opinion piece @ Weekendavisen
September 2021
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Opinion piece @ Magasinet Kunst
May 2021
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Opinion piece @ Politiken
November 2020
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Opinion piece @ Kulturmonitor
August 2020
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Opinion piece @ Magasinet Kunst
August 2020
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Opinion piece @ Kulturmonitor
Marts 2020
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Editor work

Special edition on women in art
May 2021
Magasinet Kunst (DK)

Interviews

Live interview with Hanne-Vibeke Holst
December 2022
Christianshavn Bibliotek (DK)
Interview with the Minister of Culture
April 2022
KUNSTEN.NU (DK)
Interview
August 2022
RADIO 24Syv (DK)
Interview with curator and art historian Camille Morineau
May 2021
Magasinet Kunst (DK)
Interview with Valeria Napoleone
October 2020
Børsen Pleasure (DK)
Interview with Valeria Napoleone – volume II
August 2020
CHART PUBLICATION (DK)
Interview with Valeria Napoleone – volume I
April 2020
Magasinet Kunst (DK)

– My new monthly column at Kunsten.nu maps new perspectives and explore a new land of the future, in which diversity, the history of gender and gender fluidity are a matter of course. My aim is to shed light on issues that have been hidden away in history, and outline gender issues in art history using cases from exhibitions, new foundations, films, libraries and publications. I will also discuss the political backbone and virtues of our times in relation to the political and institutional practices of contemporary art and, in a broader context, anything that makes my heart miss a beat.

“When it comes to silencing women, 
Western culture has had thousands of years of practice.” 
Quote from Women & Power by Mary Beard 
(Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge)

I promote and research about artworks by women artists and I use the instagram profile @womenpainters as a memory board of my research.

2022

In 2020, prompted by the lack of equality in the Danish art scene, I initiated a regular series of conversations with key people – people who are working to create real change vis-à-vis gender equality among artists.

In 2019 I came up with the idea of an issue of Magasinet Kunst (DK) devoted to women and gender issues and I was co-editor on this special women in the arts edition in 2021. The magazine also included a critical essay of mine, on the Danish art scene.

In 2020 I interviewed the art collector and patron Valeria Napoleone, and the interview was published in Magasinet Kunst, CHART Publication and Børsen.

In 2021 I interviewed Camille Morineau, an acclaimed curator and art historian, on the subject of gender equality in the world of art. In 2009-2011, Camille Morineau devised and curated the pioneering exhibition Elles@centrepompidou at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She is also the co-founder and director of AWARE, a non-profit organisation, research centre and archiving platform that promotes work by women artists. It is crucial to talk about female artists and feminist work – they have been forgotten, they have not been heard, their works have not been shown or, as the French art historian Camille Morineau has said, “they have simply been erased from history“.

In 2022 I interviewed the Minister of Culture in Denmark on diversity in the world of visual arts in Denmark.

This diversity project stems from my deep interest in history and inclusion of diversity, and my desire to put an end to discrimination against women and to expand the field of art history. And it was further fuelled by the excellent education at Goldsmiths in London and their specialist library: The Women’s Art Library

Right now, art history is neither binary nor non-binary. It remains a monolith, a structural power and way of thinking, which the museum world never even questioned until about a decade ago. Most people regard Scandinavia as a haven for equality, but museum history and practice is a still a deeply misogynistic culture here in Denmark.

Gender is not just a trend that fills in gaps in the history of art, but also an essential part of art history and art theory, on equal footing with new areas of basic research – for example, colonisation and race issues that redefine the history of art, forcing it to take a long hard look at itself and its methodology.


“If you do a Gerhard Richter show, people think it will be a blockbuster. It won’t be. Whereas Hilma will. Museums at the level of program and board are suffering from being behind the times.”
Helen Molesworth, former Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

“The primary ambition of AWARE is to rewrite the history of art on an equal footing. Placing women on the same level as their male counterparts and making their works known are long overdue,” states Camille Morineau on AWARE’s website

“Let’s take as our basis that men and women are equally good artists, and then say, ‘Okay, if they are equal then why is there this difference in the market?’  It starts with the galleries.  They don’t represent enough women in their program.  There is also a structural issue: you need to educate collectors and you need to confront them with quality.” 
Marc Payot, Partner and Vice President, Hauser & Wirth

“I call bullshit on the idea that it takes a while to see change. How much more time does it take?  If a new generation of art historians and curators have to be re-sensitized to this then, my God,  We have amnesia at this point. It really comes down to people putting their money where their mouths are.”
Michelle Millar Fisher, Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“There is a perception that change has been so substantial, when the reality is not the case. There is such a huge imbalance that some kind of radical gesture is required.” 
Jessica Morgan, Director of the Dia Art Foundation