Female Takeover © Nisran

Masculinities Nocturne #3

FOMU is opening at night! Look forward to a packed programme, with a panel discussion on 'Women on Men', live music from Female Takeover, and an artist talk by the Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom.

Jaouad Alloul is your host for the evening. The Masculinities exhibition is open for the entire evening, and you can find food and drinks at the FOMU café.


  • 7 pm: Doors
  • 8 pm: Panel discussion 'Women on Men'
  • 9 pm: Live music Female Takeover
  • 9.30 pm: Interview Hans Eijkelboom by Anne Ruygt (curator at FOMU), the interview is in Dutch


The exhibition Masculinities was curated by a woman. What happens when women control the narrative about men (and not as so often, the other way around)? When the roles are reversed, and the female gaze becomes the focal point? Can age-old power structures be overturned? And what would a Feminities exhibition look like?

Moderator Aimée-Fidele Mukunde will discuss this with guests, including Alona Pardo and Laure Cottin Stefanelli.

Alona Pardo

Alona Pardo has been a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, for over ten years. She has curated numerous exhibitions focused on photography and film, including most recently: Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020); Trevor Paglen: From Apple to Anomaly (2019); Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (2018); Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds (2018); Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018); Richard Mosse: Incoming (2017) and Strange and Familiar: Britain as seen by International Photographers (with Martin Parr; 2016). Pardo has a special interest in work situated at the interfaces between social activism, aesthetics and identity.

Laure Cottin Stefanelli

Laure Cottin Stefanelli is a French artist and filmmaker based in Brussels and Paris. She studied literature and film at the University of Paris III and graduated in Photo-Video from the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. Stefanelli has completed several residencies, including at the Hoger Instituut Voor Schone Kunsten, HISK (BE). Her work has been exhibited at, among others, FOMU; WIELS – Contemporary art centre (Brussel, BE); États Généraux du Film Documentaire (Lussas, FR); KANAL – Centre Pompidou (Brussels, BE); Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (BR); Kasseler Dok Festival (Kassel, DE); Moscow Biennale (RU); Kunst Brussel (BE); FIDMarseille (FR).

Her first mid-length film No blood in my body was the recipient of the short film prize at Écrans Documentaires d’Arceuil (FR)


Alona Pardo

Portrait Laure Cottin lores

Laure Cottin Stefanelli © Manuel Wetscher


Anne Ruygt (FOMU) will be in conversation with Hans Eijkelboom. Eijkelboom is an Arnhem-born photographer and conceptual artist. He trained at the academies of Den Bosch and Arnhem and was part of Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. Identity is a frequent subject in Eijkelboom’s work. His photographic series expose surprising patterns and connections.


Female Takeover © Nisran

Hans Eijkelboom c Hans Eijkelboom

Hans Eijkelboom © Hans Eijkelboom


Female Takeover is an Antwerp collective of young women who joined forces to address universal themes (discrimination, inequality, feminism, etc.) through music, word and song.

The collective was founded in 2015 as a means to bolster sisterhood within the art world. Their aim is to provide stimulus to women in art but also women in general. They offer theatre and dance productions, workshops and events.

The power of diversity—both within and outside the collective—is one that Female Takeover values and harnesses as it brings together individuals from different backgrounds and disciplines.

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