The pro­ject, cre­ated at Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital, deals with the issue of dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on and pre­ju­di­ce towar­ds people with men­tal ill­ne­sses and disor­ders. It 

It con­sis­ts of three seg­ments: the video ins­tal­la­ti­on De-stig­ma (2010) and Within (2012) and the acti­on and inter­ven­ti­on in public spa­ce Vrapče Pillows (2013−2015)

Video installation, 2010.

The pro­ject was imple­men­ted in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with per­sons diag­no­sed with schi­zop­hre­nia, a chro­nic men­tal ill­ness, who expe­ri­en­ced vari­ous for­ms of stig­ma­ti­sa­ti­on upon leaving Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital. The pro­ject simul­ta­ne­ous­ly bran­c­hes into two directions.

The pro­ject simul­ta­ne­ous­ly bran­c­hes into two direc­ti­ons. It seeks to pro­vo­ke and raise the society’s awa­re­ness in order to chan­ge the per­cep­ti­on of per­sons with men­tal ill­ne­sses. These ill­ne­sses are not a pha­eno­me­non out­si­de of soci­ety; the afflic­ted indi­vi­du­als are part of the soci­ety and sho­uld be pro­vi­ded with the possi­bi­lity to find the­ir own posi­ti­on wit­hin it.

The second seg­ment is aimed at empowe­ring the afflic­ted indi­vi­du­als to beco­me actors of the des­tig­ma­ti­sa­ti­on pro­cess them­sel­ves. The aim is to find ways for them to talk abo­ut the issu­es them­sel­ves, as well as the possi­ble solu­ti­ons and mis­ta­kes made con­s­ci­ous­ly or uncon­s­ci­ous­ly by the soci­ety in rela­ti­on to them.

Project reali­za­ti­on: Darko Krakar (came­ra), Ivan Mihoci (sound), Maida Srabović (edi­ting), Vedran Metelko (pho­to­grap­hy), Dejan Dragosavac – Ruta (design). Production: Kontejner | Bureau of Contemporary Art Praxis, 2010



2. Within
Video installation, 2012

The pro­ject was reali­zed in the psyc­hi­atric hos­pi­tal Vrapče in Zagreb in coope­ra­ti­on with people diag­no­sed with seve­re depre­ssi­ve disor­der and prof. Dubravka Stijačić.

The topic of the pro­ject are per­sons diag­no­sed with major depre­ssi­ve disor­der. For six mon­t­hs, the artist par­ti­ci­pa­ted in gro­up the­rapy for cli­ni­cal­ly depre­ssed women pati­ents at a psyc­hi­atric hos­pi­tal and stu­di­ed the issue of men­tal disor­der from a gen­der per­s­pec­ti­ve. (According to data of the World Health Organisation, it is esti­ma­ted that depre­ssi­on will beco­me one of the most wides­pre­ad heal­th pro­blems and will take second pla­ce on the list of the most com­mon causes of death. Women are twi­ce as sus­cep­ti­ble to seve­re depre­ssi­on as men.) The pro­ject con­sis­ts of a video record taken during psyc­hot­he­rapy with women pati­ents and inter­vi­ews with women spe­ci­alis­ts. The pati­ents spe­ak of the causes, symp­toms, con­sequ­en­ces of the ill­ness, as well as treatments.

The visi­tors are invi­ted to join the­rapy by taking a seat in the spa­ce of the installation.

Project reali­za­ti­on: Hrvoje Ramadža (came­ra), Igor Kožić & Hrvoslava Brkušić (edi­ting). Production: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 2012

Actions and interventions in public space

The pil­lows were made by pati­ents of Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital so as to enco­ura­ge dialo­gue on the issue of stig­ma­ti­sa­ti­on of men­tal­ly ill persons.

The pro­mo­ti­on of the pil­lows thro­ugh a media cam­pa­ign ser­ves as a public talk on the taboo subject of the psyc­hi­atric hos­pi­tal, its pati­ents, and men­tal illnesses

The pro­ject was cre­ated in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Dubravka Stijačić, Vlatka Prstačić (cre­ati­ve wor­k­shop mana­ger) and the design team Kuna Zlatica (Zlatka Salopek and Ana Kunej).

The audi­en­ce par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on takes on two for­ms. They could “invi­te” a pil­low thro­ugh the project’s web­si­te and bring it to offi­ce, scho­ol, on a trip, par­ti­es, meetin­gs, res­ta­urants, sports mat­c­hes, etc., and post the pho­to­grap­hs with the pil­low on the project’s Facebook page Later, they could also buy a pil­low after the Facebook acti­on had ended. The money went direc­tly to the Association for Psychosocial Assistance and Rehabilitation, seated at Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital to pro­vi­de assis­tan­ce to the patients.

Due to public inte­rest, the acti­on was repe­ated twi­ce: in 2014 on Facebook, and in 2015 at the exhi­bi­ti­on at Forum Gallery, whe­re the pro­cess of making the pil­lows was recre­ated. The visi­tors of the exhi­bi­ti­on were invi­ted to take part in making the pil­lows. Proceeds from the sale went to the Association for Psychosocial Assistance and Rehabilitation. In cre­ati­ve wor­k­shops at the Hospital and fol­lowing the end of the pro­ject, the pati­ents con­ti­nu­ed to make pil­lows that can be pur­c­ha­sed at the Hospital.

Project reali­za­ti­on: Hrvoje Bielen (web design), Ivica Hrg (web pro­gram­ming), Sanja Baković (media cam­pa­ign), Irena Bekić (text), Ana Kovačić (coor­di­na­ti­on of part of the pro­ject), Vanja Šolin, Damir Žižić and Ivo Martinović (pho­to­grap­hs). Production: MAPA Association, 2013 – 2015

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