ART AND MADNESS, 2011-2012

Project Art and madness aims to open the dialog on the topic of mental health in Serbia through art production. At the same time, it is pointing to the relation that the wider community has toward notions such as illness, otherness, difference, isolation, fear, disobedience and prejudice.

Project deals with those who are misfits to the rules of the system by their own nature and as such they are isolated while understanding of their condition by wider community is shaped by prejudice and fear.

Within the project Kiosk created a partnership with Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases “Dr Laza Lazarević” and realised series of interviews with patients. Gained material represents the base for audio instalation Disobediant by Proxy presented on October salon 2011.

Listen to the audio piece Disobediant by Proxy

male, 38 years
department M
performed by: Gordon Murray

female, 39 years
department F
performed by: Janet Lee

female,52 years
departman F
performed by: Charlotte Purkis

female, 33 years
department L
performed by: Cathy Seago

male, 35 years
department K
performed by: David McCormick

male, 21 years
department M
performed by: Graham Price

Project authors: Paul Murray, Milica Pekić, Ana Adamović and Dorijan Kolundžija
English performance directed by: Gordon Murray

We owe special gratitude to the patients and the management of the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases “Dr Laza Lazarević” in Belgrade for their cooperation and support.

Project was supported by Belgrade Cultural Centre and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

The Art and Madness project was inspired by a public discussion we organized in Belgrade as part of the international project Extravagant Bodies: Extravagant Minds initiated by the organisation Kontejner from Zagreb.

Public discussion:

8th February 2011,  Cultural Centre Grad, Belgrade
KIOSK platform for contemporary art, Belgrade, Serbia and
KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Zagreb, Croatia

Public discussion is organized within the program of international project
International festival of mental health (Zagreb, Sarajevo, Skopje, Belgrade)

Participants in the discussion: Petar Milat, Zagreb (Mama, Kontejner); Ivan Milenković, Belgrade (Third program RTS, philosopher); Mario Kovač, Zagreb, theatre director; Amela Frankl, Zagreb, artist; Paul Murray, Belgrade/London, theatre director, actor; Zoran Todorović, Belgrade, artist; Armend Kabashi, Prishtina, artists, director

The disscusion was moderated by Milica Pekić, art historian and curator

The discussion was supported by European cultural  foundation