How the Covid 19 pandemic shaked the cultural work in SEE societies? Center for Empirical Cultural Studies of Southeast Europe (Niš, Serbia) and Kooperativa joined their forces with the aim to provide the answers to this question. The research, which was implemented between May and September 2022, and which involved in-depth interviews with 40 cultural workers from SEE countries, highlights key findings including:
~ Precarisation of cultural workers revealed and increased
~ Hyperproductivity and self-exploitation questioned and revised
~ Domestication of cultural work: enabling or limiting?
~ Digital push on culture peaked and assessed
~ Meaningful relationships with the audiences lost and found
~ Borders and passports took away mobility and localized cultural work
~ Systems of care and support shifted and shaked
~ Relationship towards cultural profession strengthened or given up
~ Practicing culture as a strong intimate strategy for coping with the crises
Based on these findings, the research formulates several recommendations tackling the subsequent fields, and we invite you to explore them further in the publication which you can download below.
~ Solidarity fund
~ Venues for arts and culture
~ Democratizing digital access
~ Equality of mobility
~ Recognition of independent cultural workers
~ Space for reflection
~ Questioning productivism
~ Networks of care
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The research is part of the “Regional Action Lab – independent culture as engine of mutual support and exchange in times of crisis” project, supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the USAID, and the “Regional Lab: New Culture Spaces and Networks as drivers of an Innovative and Sustainable Bottom-up Development of Regional Collaboration” project, co-funded by the European Union, Creative Europe program. Coordinated by the Kooperativa platform, the project brings together networks and cultural centers from six countries of the ex-Yugoslav region: Anibar (Kosovo), Društvo Asociacija (Slovenia), Jadro Association (North Macedonia), Operacija grad (Croatia), Asocijacija NKSS (Serbia) and OKC Abrašević (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The Call for Proposals is entirely funded by the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).