In 2016, the arts studio was the initiator of a project entitled Support of artistic creation of authors with disabilities in the art studio – project code 49-12788 / 2015-ZPO / ORNK. The investor is the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
The cultural project aims to support the artistic creation of beginning authors with disabilities. The project presumes that it will have a regional impact in the South Moravian Region. The project aims to support the National Plan for Creating Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The professional guarantor of the content of the study is Mgr. Pavel Sochor, Ph.D.
The aim of the project is (1) to expand and improve the quality of studies at the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University for another five people with disabilities aged 20-50, permanently belonging to the group of people at risk of social and cultural exclusion. In this way, through the qualification training programme and art projects of the studio, it will enable future social application in culture, as well as the application of proven pedagogical procedures and principles of running the studio, arts and crafts techniques, installation methods and self-presentation. The second aim of the project (2) is the professional realization and presentation of beginning artistic creations of people with disabilities in a specialized inclusive environment of an existing studio – the Open Art Studio. The Open Art Studio exists as a studio at the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University and is adapted in terms of the personal and spatial creations of people with disabilities (physical, mental, sensory, autism).
EXHIBITION PROJECT – STORY OF OTHERNESS (30.11. – 31.12. 2016)
Location: RUV Gallery, PdF MU, Poříčí 9, Brno
Opening: November 30, 2016, 5 pm at the RUV Gallery
Accompanying programme: Six hours of discussions of authors and the curator with the public on the theme of the exhibition “Art in its Raw State and the Outsider Art”.
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Sample texts from the catalogue:
STORY OF OTHERNESS
30.11. – 31. 12. 2016
Exhibition curator: Mgr. Pavel Sochor, Ph.D.
The exhibition catalogue aims to present individual exhibiting artists and their works of contemporary art exploring the boundaries between art brut, outsider art and disability art. The collective group exhibition is being presented in this way for the first time in the Brno environment and at a university. The aim of the exhibition curator is to present the authors to the professional and lay public. All the authors are exhibiting on this scale and with a professional artistic background for the first time. Preparations for the collective exhibition took place throughout 2016.
The central idea of the exhibition concept is the paradigm of otherness in artistic discourse. Each exhibiting author reflects their autonomous otherness through their work. In the case of the exhibitors the already mentioned concept of otherness is connected with their life stories. Similar stories of foreign artists of art brut, outsider art and their innovative visual language has influenced contemporary culture and supported its inclusive trends. With its principles, contemporary European culture promotes diversity and otherness, and is a unique space for the acceptance of each person’s originality. In such an inclusive culture, the creative space is open to every person according to their creative abilities and skills. In this concept, art is a universal tool for supporting groups or communities of citizens and their full participation in society. The exhibiting authors with disabilities (authors with otherness) show that they are not merely “objects” of social-cultural presentations, but they also make them themselves and thus contribute to the creation of cultural wealth.
Brno, 1 December 2016
Author of the texts: Pavel Sochor