We will move in triangular formations and step on each other's feet.

Naiti del Sante gives a lecture at Röda Sten about the current anti-discrimination legislation using the YES! Association’s work with formulating an equality agreement in collaboration with Röda Sten as a point of departure.

Below is a short description and background information to the project EQUALITY AGREEMENT (5 YEARS LATER).

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Don’t ask: “Are you for or against quotas?” Ask instead: “Why are women (and other groups) under-represented, and which are the alternative options one could apply, including quotas, to change this historical under representation.”

As part of the exhibition A Space on the Side of the Road at Röda Sten in 2009, the YES! Association staged the performance When hell froze over – a performance in 4 parts. The performance consisted of a fictitious negotiation concerning the agreement demanding gender and ethnic equality that the YES! Association has developed since 2005. A starting point was Augosto Boal’s theory that through performances one can “rehearse” certain situations to gain experiences that can be used to change the reality we live in.

When hell froze over – a performance in 4 parts was realized after a longer period of communication between the YES! Association, the curators of A Space on the Side of the Road, and the staff, board and members of Röda Sten. After five intense hours at the negotiation table the parties agreed on a new version of the agreement. Also present at the table were representatives from artists, visitors, A&B, and a few who had lost their way.

Since then the project has developed to EUQALITY AGREEMENT (5 YEARS LATER) which is collaboration between the YES! Association and Röda Sten with the goal to develop the agreement so it can be signed also “in reality”. The objective of the agreement is to increase cultural, ethic and social diversity in the art world, while simultaneously pointing out that we all have a gender, an ethnicity, a class belonging and a sexual orientation, and that these positionalities influence both the course of the institution as well as the individual’s agency and ability to act.

How can we “name” without risking to reproduce the confining categories that we want to leave behind? In which contexts can the act of “naming” instead work emancipatory and lead to increased agency? How can the right to self-definition work in the agreement and how can it be implemented constructively in the daily work at Röda Sten?

During the project, the YES! Association worked out a Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and related agreements in a step to allow the Röda Sten will be able and willing to sign the YES! Assciation’s Equal Opportunities Agreement.

Kartläggningsformulär för jämlika villkor / Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.pdf

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The project includes several parts, in 2010 there was a series of public presentations:

>> March 17, 2010 6.30-7 pm at Röda Sten

The YES! Association presents the project EUQALITY AGREEMENT (5 YEARS LATER)

Johanna Gustavsson, Åsa Elzén, Kajsa Dahlberg and Henrik Andersson give a lecture at Röda Sten about the YES! Association’s work and the collaboration with Röda Sten on this project.

>> June 22, 2010 6-7.30 pm at Röda Sten

Can Art be Discriminating? A discussion about the application of the Discrimination Act on the field of art.

Naiti del Sante gives a lecture at Röda Sten about the current anti-discrimination legislation using the YES! Association’s work with formulating an equality agreement in collaboration with Röda Sten as a point of departure.

Naiti del Sante is a lawyer and works as a lecturer in EU legislation and anti-discrimination legislation at Södertörns Högskola. She also works as an investigator at the Equality Ombudsman (DO).

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