13 Mar – 12 Apr 2015

Does Not Equal

Deniz Unal (TR/UK), Nana Adusei-Poku (DE), Eva Barto (FR), Urs Bechel (CH), Lindsay Beebe (USA), Hannah Black (UK), Jenna Bliss (USA), Basje Boer (NL), Nina Bohn Pedersen (DK), Butcher's Tears, Adam Christensen (DK/UK), Susan Conte (USA), DJ Workshop for Women, E.C. Feiss (USA), Gender Changer Academy, Rachel B. Glaser (USA), Rose-Anne Gush (UK), Morag Keil (UK), Kapwani Kiwanga (CA), Fanny Kuitenbrouwer (NL), Gabrielle Le Bayon (FR), Sands Murray-Wassink (USA/NL), Naomi Pearce (UK), Diana Policarpo (PT), Policy People, Claire Potter (UK), Red Light Radio, Bunny Rogers (USA), San Serriffe, Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre (CA), Elina Suoyrjö (FI), Karoline Swiezynski (DE), The Feminist Rock Salt, The Side Room, Lena Tutunjian (QA), Amalia Ulman (AR), Shen Xin (CN), Felicia von Zweigbergk (SE), Dorine van Meel , Anne-Marie van Meel (NL)
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Adam Christensen, performance on opening night, photo: Milan Anais
Susan Conte, 'Days @ the painters bathing', photo : Milan Anais
photo: Milan Anais
Susan Conte, 'Days @ the painters bathing', photo : Milan Anais
Does Not Equal Event Day, photo: Milan Anais
Does Not Equal Event Day, photo: Milan Anais
Does Not Equal Event Day, Adam Christensen, performance, photo: Milan Anais
Does Not Equal Event Day, Sands Murray-Wassink, performance, photo: Milan Anais
Does Not Equal Event Day, Mariko Kuwahara and Cathalijne Smulders, performance, photo: Milan Anais
Policy People, Karisa Senavitis and E.C. Feiss, photo: Milan Anais
Policy People, photo: Milan Anais
Policy People, photo: Milan Anais
The Feminist Rock Salt Presents, Anna Maria Pinaka, performance, photo: Milan Anais
The Feminist Rock Salt Presents, Deniz 'muscles' Unal, performance, photo: Milan Anais
Diana Policarpo, 'Rock Sea Rider', performance on The Feminist Rock Salt
The Feminist Rock Salt Presents, Axelle Stiefel, performance, photo: Milan Anais
Open Screening, photo: Lee Jung Min

Some of us believe in the struggle for liberation, if not in liberation itself. Perhaps equality is an impossible future and maybe we need a different game? What if we don’t want to ‘lean in’? Maybe we shouldn’t buy into prescribed narratives? What if we refuse to accept that the freedom of some, comes at the cost of the freedom of others? The time for infighting is through. We’re living in the apocalypse, in some messianic times, maybe its now that feminism can do some damage?

Does Not Equal is a group exhibition that questions the creative potential, historical legacy and ongoing concerns of feminism. Featuring more than 35 international artists, writers and curators the project presents various and conflicting responses that interrogate issues of gender equality and female subjectivity, including queerness in China, the politics of healthcare, and the dynamics of intimacy in public baths. Familiar characters such as the witch or medieval woman are inhabited. Elsewhere the history of colonial extraction and its commodification of bodies is explored whilst other works present archival investigations into radical political groups such as White Lightning.

In the wake of recent media attention, celebrity endorsement and cultural appropriation and recuperation, feminism no longer seems to be a dangerous word. If hashtags such as ‘YesAllWomen’ work to find some kind of universal solidarity Does Not Equal attempts to acknowledge the reality of difference and the struggle inherent in finding what’s shared. In adopting a discursive curatorial approach, and informed by a series of reading groups, the exhibition presents a programme of live performance, symposium and film screenings accompanied by a collective study room and series of radio podcasts.

Does Not Equal is a collaborative project initiated by W139 and artist Dorine van Meel.

Event Programme:

OPENING NIGHT- Friday 13 March 7 – 11 pm

performance by Adam Christensen and music by DJ idi amal dada

DOES NOT EQUAL EVENT DAY - Sunday 15 March 1 – 10 pm

talks, discussions, an artist panel & an evening with performances

THE FEMINIST ROCK SALT PRESENTS - Thursday 26 March 7 – 10 pm

more performances on the Rock

POLICY PEOPLE - Saturday 28 March 3 – 10 pm

symposium & party

OPEN SCREENING - Thursday 2 April 6.30 – 10 pm

selected video works through open call & talk by Basje de Boer

FINISSAGE - Thursday 9 April 7 – 10 pm

B2B DJ chain with participants from the DJ Workshop for Women


a selection of books by feminists writers, pamphlets and coffee in the front space


a series of online podcasts featuring interviews with participating artists & readings


online video work


online tumblr

Opening hours:

The show is open daily 12 - 6 pm.


If you appreciate the exhibition we invite you to decide for yourself how much you would like to pay.


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Does Not Equal is supported by the AFK.