Map of invisible violence against female members of LGBT community
The main goals of the project “Map of invisible violence against female members of LGBT community” were to show multiple discrimination these women are daily exposed to in society (as members of this community and as women), to evince, mostly, unreported cases of violence, and because of the lack of adequate media representation of violence phenomenon against this community, to point out these problems avoiding discriminatory discourses (which are very present in everyday and media language).
Project was implemented in Niš and Novi Sad, where we interviewed members of organizations interested in gender and LGBT rights (Ženski prostor, Niš, Novosadska lezbejska organizacija, LGBTQ Novi Sad, Izađi, Novi Sad) and women in LGBT community, in order to collect information, opinions and personal experiences about (un)safety of public space, institutions’ response to these problems, and about local media representations of these topics.
Based on these personal stories, we were informed about exact places of systematic, symbolic and physical cases of violence (committed by individual, group or police officers), and we marked these places symbolically as “Kissing area” – street art expression, critique of exclusionary nature of public spaces (which is produced, but also continues to reproduce discriminatory discourses and marginalization). These marked locations are not just commemoration of violence, pain, nuisance and discrimination, but these places also encourage non-violent behavior, tolerance, opening of public spaces for differences and minorities, and represent the attempt to repeal further marginalization of otherness.
The maps are also available in online form, showing the exact places where violence happened, with the narratives, victims’’ confessions about suffering experiences.
Map - Novi Sad