How have disabled artists across Europe experienced the pandemic? We delve into responses in our latest film production, featuring project artists and collaborators from Poland (British Council Poland), Italy (Oriente Occidente), Greece (Onassis Stegi) and Germany (Kampnagel).
The film includes images recorded as part of our international artistic laboratories held in Hamburg (Germany), Malmö (Sweden), Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Rovereto (Italy).
Don’t miss out on the artists’ reflections on how the pandemic has increased violence against disabled people, as well as their feelings of isolation, vulnerability, and insecurity. The absence of motivation, incentives and contact with others to feed the creative process are other key issues the featured artists highlight.
Looking on the brighter side of the pandemic, a reduction in stress and the use of the context to turn the challenge into an opportunity to be more self-aware and make society more aware of the bodies of others are also explored in the film.
A lot more has been shared and written about the unique experiences of disabled artists during Covid. We recommend some additional reading to help provide context:
-A manifesto from the UK Disability Arts Alliance, demanding culture build back after Covid, without marginalising disabled people.
-The UK Disability Arts Alliance 2021 Survey and Report on the impact of the pandemic on disabled people and arts and culture organisations.
-An in-depth look at the impact of Covid on disabled musicians.