Zagreb – Festival of Extravagant Bodies
Extravagant Bodies is a collaborative, intermedia and interdisciplinary art event addressing the theme of disability as important social and political issue in the region.
The main focus is a critical questioning trough art activity, of the social, political, and cultural position and identity of people with disability.
It is based on the fact that what is considered normal (as well as what is not) is ideologically determined and deeply rooted into the structures of society. The knowledge of existence of something other and different generates negative identification, social exclusion, fear and hatred.
The artists participating at mostly belongs to the minority sections of society – the disabled – and in their works they deal exactly with what makes them different, using their difference as a theme and bringing it into focus, unafraid of social critique and judgment. All the works that will be presented are performance-based.
This includes creating a productive environment where the specified theme can be contextualized through a variety of artistic projects as well as close collaboration of artists with non-artist local organizations and initiatives dealing with disability. A
rtists featured in the festival are disabled persons themselves, who use their bodies in performance art, photography, film, to talk about their bodies and needs.
The project is conceived through interdisciplinary approach offering different perspectives on the subject by experts from the fields of art, medicine, sociology, philosophy and psychiatry.
Check for detailed programme of the Festival at official festival site http://www.kontejner.org/