Democracy in Hungary has been torn down by the ruling government and the power has already taken over several cultural institutions, restricted sources for contemporary projects and made many actors dependent on their corrupted structures. These processes and interventions shrunk the freedom of culture and created an atmosphere where self-censorship is accepted and tolerated. The state only supports conservative and traditional works of art. The political environment gives no space for critical views, innovative solutions and independent creativity. Our collaboration is based on our best beliefs that great art should be free, critical and political. All three organisations in the hub are engaged to fight against censorship and empower cultural actors to use their voices against misjustice. We united our resources and networks to create a platform with socially active cultural actors to promote social responsibility and critical participation for artists, raise awareness on the importance of solidarity and stepping up, and open up the public discourse with the relevant stakeholders on the importance of this topic.
Auróra has a committed community of regular visitors; it connects a large group of young adults with different fields of interest and knowledge (contemporary art, underground music, social studies etc.) who are strongly engaged in social justice and who have critical views on public issues.
Reflecting on current issues with its themes and concepts.
Collaborating with and setting up collaborations between artists from various fields.
Discovering the same questions from various points of views.
The core of its audience is between 18 and 35, young adults, who are open to uniqueness.
B.R.A.W.E. – Be a Revolutionary Artist for Women Equity / Emancipation / Equality / Empowerment
in collaboration with Eskişehir Hub
Who are B.R.A.W.E. people? B.R.A.W.E. artists are young women who use their voices to recreate the historical meaning of gender and have the willingness to explore the everchanging, multifaceted, gender-fluid nature of contemporary feminist issues.
Hungary and Turkey are countries both suffering from ruling authoritarian patriarchal regimes built on the misuse of the concept of conservative values. This hegemonic masculinity which motives decision makers and their policies increases violence against women instead of preventing it, threatens the existence of women in both public and private spheres, and thus hinders their way to self-realization. B.R.A.W.E aims to provide young artists with resilient tools and arguments to transparently assess the inconsistent situations they are in and to express the inequality and injustices they are exposed to individually or socially.
B.R.A.W.E.’s programme includes regional and international labs/workshops on relevant issues within cross-disciplinary practices led by researchers and artists; exhibitions, guerilla acts and performative events as well as accompanying local events such as screenings, discussions and parties.