Arrested Accessibility – Work in progress

How much do we care about accessibility? Well, it's usually a concept we find important, but not such a priority, as we usually associate it with people with disabilities, that's to say, let's be honest, not a big part of the population. In a country like Serbia, there are therefore bigger deals, right?

But let's now think again about it: we will ALL need at one point this accessibility! Making a city accessible for all will concern us, as it is almost unthinkable we won't get old, break or sprain a limb, have someone of our family facing the same issue, etc. It may be as well something good, as we may need to use a stroller in the city. 

In a nutshell, we need to rethink our approach to disability. It is not only some misfortune of the life that will pin some of us in a chair for the rest of the life, it is something we need to prepare, for the whole of us. 

Based on this principles, I started to walk around Belgrade to find spots that are problematic. My goal, pointing out the most blatant cases of non-accessibility, making them face some of the instruments assisting people with disabilities. Let's be honest, you can't reasonably expect a big European city, with hundred of years of urban design, to become in a few years completely accessible. I intended this work to point at the recently developed absurdities: unaccessible design from the 21st century, devices designed to help, but are not usable, or simply places that should have been a priority in terms of accessibility, but that are still not (like for instance hospitals). 

The result is impressive: apart from a few "islands" of accessibility, you can't reasonably use a wheelchair, a walking frame, a stroller, etc. without facing serious issues. At a time of development of Belgrade, one may therefore ask what are the priorities...

This work is still in progress, as a first exhibition has been made for Ignite in November, more is yet to come...