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The Secondary Archive is an online research and database platform that presents non-Western — primarily Central and Eastern European — art through the lens of gender, covering the period after WWII through the present. The archive, an international project focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, is realised by the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation, together with its partners Easttopics (Hungary) Björnsonova (Slovakia), and MeetFactory (Czech Republic). The platform gives free access to more than 250 female artists’ profiles, containing newly published artist and curatorial texts developed especially for the purpose of the archive. Representing three generations of artists from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, the platform aims to help promote, discover, and rediscover female artists and the most valuable phenomena of contemporary art of our region.
The most recent data on homelessness is the following: 68.500 in the Czech Republic, 30.000 in Hungary, 33.408 in Poland are estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night with no official data from Slovakia. Moreover, recent comparative research has shown that post-socialist countries are leading in intolerance and prejudice among European countries. As the partners of the project claim, this has mainly been strengthened by populist and xenophobic discourse.
According to a study conducted by the World Health Organisation, an estimated 25 percent of the worldwide population is affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. Although the mental disorder is one of the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide, stigma and discrimination often make difficulties worse and prevent people from finding a purpose in life. Thus, it is common that people with disabilities are unable to support themselves throughout their lives and become dependent on social support schemes. The main organiser of the project, the Baltazar Theatre Company, is one of the very few artistic companies in the V4 region that employs and focuses on people with mental disabilities. In other words, all of the actors employed are salaried, thus, they can financially support their parents, relatives, or themselves.