WWII claimed lives not only soldiers but civilians too. Although collective memory preserved atrocities against civilians, we still know very little about sexual violence against women.

We are searching for personal or family documents and inheritage (diaries, letters, notes, journals, interviews, any official documents or records, photos etc.), offering an insight into everyday life of the survivors of wartimes and revolutions of the 20th century. We would like to make them public and preserve them to recognise how armed conflicts changed the life of the civilians and men, women and children living in Budapest lived through violence that became part of their everyday lives.

Hereby we would like to ask you if there is any personal or family document in your possession in relation to this project, please contact Budapest City Archives.


Sanja Iveković

Workshop, multimedia installation, media work

1998 – work in progress

Women's House Project workshop BAK, Utrecht 2009 -048


The Women's House project started in 1998. Conceived by artist Sanja Iveković it is an international collaboration project realized as site specific installations and printed materials (texts, postcards, posters, etc). On occasions the project is also presented to the public through press conferences and video screenings.

The first phase of the project consists of establishing a contact with the local shelter for abused women where artist conducts a workshop in close collaboration with the women living in the shelter. During the workshop casts of the faces of the women are produced along with short life stories written by the woman themselves. The women's «masks» and texts are then installed according to the artist's concept of the installation in a specific exhibition space.

Women's House, Workshop, BAK, Utrecht,2008
Women's House, installation, Kunstverein Cologne,2006_lowres

So far the collaboration has been made with The Autonomous House in Zagreb, The Fraenhaus in Luxembourg, The Bangkok Emergency Home in Bangkok, Safe House in Peje, Kosova, Casa per le donne in Genova, The Center for Women and Children in Belgrade, Vie-Ja in Utrecht and Mor Cati in Istanbul.