London Architecture Diary

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https://london.architecturediary.org/event/hidden-mothers/

Hidden Mothers is a public art project by Czech artist Tereza Buskova that is inspired by the cultural customs of Great Britain, Central and Eastern Europe.

Its focus is the empowerment of women, in particular mothers, who experience isolation and routinely face stigma in the UK. Hidden Mothers began in Birmingham in 2019 with workshops inviting migrant mothers to take part.

The project was paused in 2020 - due to the pandemic - and is just beginning to emerge again in summer 2021. It is a project in three parts, consisting of workshops, a procession, and culminating in the installation of a large-scale replica of a Slovak inspired cottage façade.

Adopting a ritualistic approach, the final panels of the construction will be carried and assembled by the participants of a ceremonial procession.

This project aims to encourage community engagement through collaborative design, to stimulate transcultural conversations, and to link people who would not otherwise have access to art resources.