NKK ceremony in February 2018 Photo: Petra Koppla Dahlberg, NKK

#metoo – one year later

Performance with Nya Konstnärsklubben

12.10 2018


Nya Konstnärsklubben (NKK, the New Artist Club) was founded in the wake of #metoo and #konstnärligfrihet (artistic freedom), to provide a safe artist club for women, transgender and non-binary persons. Join us to celebrate the birth of a new kind of community that seeks to inspire activism. We give the floor to the NKK, who invite you to the performance ”Kungörelse”, and to the social event in the Moderna Bar, that will be open afterwards. DJ: Lisa Jeannin, NKK.

A black carpet reception and vibrant activity

Moderna Museet welcomes Nya Konstnärsklubben (NKK), who invites you to join in the celebration of a new kind of community that seeks to inspire activism. As soon as you enter the Museum, the vibrant activity of this new movement will be palpable; you will be met by a black carpet, and by hosts who will guide you to your seat in the Auditorium. The lights go down and the curtain opens on a tableau vivant – a living picture – Nya Konstnärsklubben. In the poetic performance act, they will voice their ideas and intentions . Welcome to a performance with the NKK, and to meet them afterwards in Moderna Bar, where you can get the answers to all your questions about the NKK. DJ: Lisa Jeannin. Director’s view and light: Åsa Kalmér.

The NKK for women, transgender and non-binary artists only

The NKK is a non-profit organisation, a safe club for women, transgender and non-binary artists and other art professionals. The NKK engages in political and magical activism, and sisterhood and siblinghood are seen as magic ways towards respect and care for our earth and for each other. The NKK has lost patience with the male-dominated cult of the lone genius and instead finds inspiration in ancient practices where women’s cultures thrived. “ The smell from the pyres where witches burned are still lingering in our nostrils.”

#metoo and #konstnärligfrihet prompted discussions and change

“Konstnärligfrihet” (Artistic freedom) was the name of the Swedish art world’s branch of the #metoo campaign. The forum for action was Facebook, and the declaration was published in Dagens Nyheter in November 2017. A few weeks later, in December 2017, the first event was held at Moderna Museet: a hearing in collaboration with other major national art institutions and universities, where directors and deans were confronted by the audience, who put metoo-related questions to them.

Since then, several discussions and hearings have taken place, including at Moderna Museet in Malmö, Bonniers Konsthall, Södertälje Konsthall, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Göteborgs Konsthall and Galleri Syster in Luleå. Groups have been formed and are planning to implement radical change on multiple levels. In 2018, meetings have been organized at the Museum with activists from “Konstnärlig frihet”. Meeting participants have worked with direct democracy to agree on which activities should take place at Moderna Museet. Nya Konstnärsklubben is the first, and responds to the question, “What happened to artistic freedom?”

Contact: Catrin Lundqvist, curator