During Smoqua³ festival (May 23 - 25, 2019) female artists from Rijeka Nika Krajnović, Tanja Blašković and Luisa Ritoša will create a mural based on the data collected during the examination of publics opinion on the notion of normality (April 2019, PaRiter).
Survey "What do the citizens of Rijeka consider normal?" was made by gathering responses from people who were interested on several questions about perception of normality in various social issues related to LGBTIQ human rights and the reproductive rights of women. Some of the questions were: Is it normal that the women don't shave?, Is it normal to hide tampons and hygienic pads? Is it normal to breastfeed in a public space or in a working place?, Is it normal that two men kiss in a public space? Small boxes for the answers were set up at a dozen locations around Rijeka.
After the collection of the answers, the most interesting ones were selected and translated into English. At the Smoqua, on the first and second day, the art trio will make the queer mural on the wall of ERSTE Bank next to Palach in Kružna ulica. Together with the activists from the association PaRiter, the artists will present the mural and the results of the survey on Friday, May 24, at 14:30.
Mural will remain permanently as a memoir and a reminder of the reflection on understanding norms and normality of the citizens of Rijeka.
*(The photo is illustrative)
You can check the whole program of this years festival here.
* Participation in all Festival activities is free, except for the Queer-UP! Party (where donations will be collected at the entrance), and the Anna Calvi concert.
Smoqua is financially supported by: Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture / City of Rijeka / Primorje-Gorski Kotar County / Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Culture / European Commission / Musagetes / LUSH
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