Empowerment by Art (2008−2012)


A long-term project imple­ment­ed in four cycles.

The over­all goal of the first project cycle (March – July 2008) was rais­ing the lev­el of gen­er­al infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tion of women with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties. Women with dis­abil­i­ties had an oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­close types and kinds of dis­crim­i­na­tion using cre­ative work­shops as a tool for it. By engag­ing in artis­tic cre­ation, they have spo­ken about their own social posi­tion in an authen­tic women’s voice.

Over the course of the fol­low­ing three cycles, the project was focused on women’s sex­u­al­i­ty.

The sec­ond cycle dealt with women’s bod­ies. One of the results of project par­tic­i­pants’ cre­ative activ­i­ties is a video enti­tled PERSONAL + INNER + SOCIAL + CLIMATIC + ETHEREAL = MY BODY. The video con­tains authen­tic par­tic­i­pants’ sto­ries and their dance and move­ment impro­vi­sa­tions the ele­ments of which had been dis­cov­ered dur­ing the work­shops. The video is a doc­u­men­tary and rep­re­sents a record­ing of a social, his­tor­i­cal and per­son­al moment in the par­tic­i­pants’ per­son­al his­to­ries. This project cycle end­ed in a pub­lic per­for­mance and pho­to exhi­bi­tion of women with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties (on 21 Decem­ber 2010).

The third cycle (Sep­tem­ber  2010 – Feb­ru­ary  2011) result­ed in an applied the­atri­cal play enti­tled My Name is the Unspo­ken evolv­ing from a series of psy­cho­log­i­cal and the­atri­cal work­shops aim­ing at dis­cussing women’s sex­u­al­i­ty as a non-taboo issue. The project and work­shop par­tic­i­pants, women with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties, expressed their both their posi­tion and their readi­ness for con­quer­ing equal­i­ty. Women’s sex­u­al­i­ty, espe­cial­ly that of women with dis­abil­i­ties, is a mat­ter of silence and denial. Artis­tic expres­sion pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty to artic­u­late, (re)define, accept, prob­lema­tize and share with the pub­lic sex­u­al expe­ri­ence that could oth­er­wise not be spo­ken of. The bravest among the par­tic­i­pants stood before an audi­ence to tell about the Unspo­ken Of and to chal­lenge prej­u­dice pub­licly. The play was staged once a month in the CK13 Youth Cen­ter and it used to end in a open dia­logue with the Novi Sad audi­ence. Its direc­tor was Ivana Inđin, while the actors who took to the stage were Jele­na Zdravković and Tan­ja Đurić.

The fourth cycle was imple­ment­ed in the form of psy­cho­log­i­cal work­shops aimed at empow­er­ing women with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties, as well as arts and cre­ative work­shops col­lect­ing unique mate­r­i­al lat­er to be used for writ­ing a the­atri­cal piece con­cern­ing sex­u­al­i­ty of women with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as cre­ation and dis­tri­b­u­tion of a work­shop man­u­al con­cern­ing women’s sex­u­al­i­ty.

Fund­ed by: Mama Cash, Recon­struc­tion Women’s Fund, City of Novi Sad – Cul­ture Depart­ment.