Film / Video

Hidden Mothers

Hidden Mothers video was recorded as part of a public art project by Czech artist Tereza Buskova which is inspired by the cultural customs from 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 and refugee mothers. The project was paused in 2020 - due to the pandemic and emerged again in summer 2021. It is a project in three parts, consisting of workshops, a procession, and an installation of a large-scale replica of a Slovak inspired cottage façade. Adopting a ritualistic approach, the final panels of the construction were carried and assembled by the participants of the ceremonial procession. The project encouraged community engagement through collaborative design, to stimulate transcultural conversations, and to link people who would not otherwise have access to art resources.
The project has been presented in association with Every Woman Biennial and London Festival of Architecture 2021.

Project Supporters and Partners:
Arts Council England, Studio Polpo, Every Woman Biennial, Copeland Gallery, Time Assist, Czech Centre London, University of Birmingham and Use-It, Mothership Projects, British Red Cross, E5 Bakehouse, E5 Poplar Union, Poplar Union, Okenko CIC, Dance group Kvitek (Okenko), Czech and Slovak Club Birmingham, Mariana Novotna, Zoe Simon, Stifani Brothers, Chris Keenan (Prime Objective), Karolina Wegrzyn, Tina Francis and Tereza Porybna.