"12 Moons is an intervention, not a cinema.
I want to hear at least one female* voice
in the Schwules Museum - every day,
every minute of the opening hours."

For 12 Moons, one of the exhibition rooms at Schwules Museum is transformed into a film lounge inviting visitors to encounter various cinematic formats and international (queer-) feminist positions. The film lounge is open during regular office hours, with each new moon initiating a new program cycle.

Vera Hofmann.


12 Moons film lounge at Schwules Museum Berlin

Quibus Auxilis

ingraved and lacked wood, simili leather, towel fabric, bended metal.


The series is a yearlong intervention against the underrepresentation of female* perspectives in audiovisual media, museum settings and in culture and society more generally. The format examines the filmic depiction of femininity_ies as well as their construction and, in turn, considers the possibility of another gaze.


The selected films provide insights into everyday lives and desires; they question relationship structures and power constellations. The focus is on societal pressures as much as on times of uprising and resistance against coercive gender norms. The utopian concepts and moments of healing emerging from the selected films are testimonies to the global struggles of women* for respect, self-determination and spaces to unfold.


Curated by Vera Hofmann
texts by Vera Hofmann
in collaboration with Carolin Giessner
pictures by André Wunstorf