Opening Bad Feminist

Opening Bad Feminist

Feminist activism through art


18:00 - 22:00 / Marnixstraat 409

Please note: this event has already taken place

Opening Bad Feminist

Feminist activism through art

Federica Gilda Marrella / Hemaseh Manawi Rad / Lotte van den Hoogen / Ellen Schreven / Moze Mertens / Questions Collective / Samira Welles

What makes a feminist? Can you still call yourself one if you watch porn, or listen to rap? In her 2014 collection of essays titled Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay reveals the contradictions she faced when personally exploring the subject. To be a feminist, she uncovers, does not require a state of unattainable perfection. Once she understood that, she decided to embrace the title: a feminist, albeit a flawed one.

Melkweg Expo gives the stage to contemporary feminist artists. They represent a new generation of visual artists who use their art to tackle feminist issues and they create a universe for the bad, the bold and the brave feminist. 

Melkweg Expo provides a platform for contemporary expressions of the feminist movement in its latest wake. 

The activist artists take on outdated patriarchal systems, misogynist language, sexism in music and encourage the exchange of information on feminist issues. Armed with the power of language and visuals, they spark small revolutions and challenge audiences with their installations, videos and visual artwork. Disrupt your understanding of feminism and feel free to speak out, question and unleash the Bad Feminist within.

“To freely accept the feminist label would not be fair to good feminists. If I am, indeed, a feminist, I am a rather bad one. I am a mess of contradictions.” – Roxane Gay

Tunes by La Fête de la Fxmme Soundsystem: Pokkoehontas, Mercedes Coco, Emma and Raven.

2020 marks Melkweg’s 50th year in championing music and art, and the celebrations will go on throughout the year with a string of events. The Melkweg Expo programme will reflect this grand anniversary with solo and group exhibitions, showcasing themes that are important to Melkweg and its history. The ‘Bad Feminist’ exhibition reflects Melkweg’s perennial position as a space for women’s voices, frontrunning with women-driven festivals in the 1970s, and as an advocate of social equality.

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