Boys in a City park
“This project in its literal sense, highlights how misunderstood and repressed the condition of autism is as a form of otherness in society. There is a propensity to stigmatize any deviation from the so-called norm and to pathologise life that does not fit into the narrow confines of socially accepted identity. This is evident not only in regards to such conditions as autism or various physical and psychological illnesses, but also those life-choices that do not conform to the dominant socio-political categories.
Metaphorically this project explores suffering as a spiritual and essential element of the beauty of the human experience. Trauma does not always bear obvious markers – it is a complex phenomenon, which should not be perceived simply in terms of a dysfunction to be ashamed of and shunned. Fragility and trauma are inextricably linked – the former reflects human spirit sensitively attuned to reality, while the latter is both the essential price and reward. While accompanied by pain and hardship, trauma is a powerful agent for growth and a more intricate understanding of our condition as individual beings and beings in society.” – Victoria Ivanova, Curator