Jozef Sedlák
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The Sisters of the Holy Cross (Carnival) 1984

In the era of socialism before the 1989 the people, clients, rooms and walls of asylums of social care were closed for ordinary people and represented a taboo for the society, something that was negative and unnecessary and had to be hidden. Political bigwigs and ideologists modified the biblical quote of "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." into "The one who does not work shall not eat." The literally physical and mental exclusion from the society applied not only to the clients, but as well the personnel comprised mostly of sisters from in the 50s disbanded monastic communities. The pictures of monastic sisters during a carnival refer to the meaningful, natural and joyful dimension of their life in an impersonal state institution, although hidden still represented a dangerous and conspiratory threat to the regime. The monastic sisters were divided into dressed, the official ones, and undressed who despite the threat of being discovered entered the orders secretly and helped in creating the so-called underground church in Slovakia.