Rise of Populism
In collaboration with the great people at Fotodok Arts in Conflict presented a teaser for the 2013 show ‘Rise of Populism’. The website of Fotodok says this about the project: “The Rise of Populism is a multiannual photography project about populist developments in Europe with stories from The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Finland, Greece and Germany.
Over sixty years after the Second World War, the democratic establishment in Western Europe is under heavy criticism from populist movements. Political parties like the Freedom Party (PVV) in The Netherlands or the People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti) in Denmark are pointing out that matters like – in their eyes – failing immigration, the Islamist threat and the recent economic crisis are the result of poor and soft government policies, often using bold and populist rhetoric. Astonished and worried by the changes taking place, photographers Dirk-Jan Visser [NL], Jan-Joseph Stok [NL] and Mads Nissen [DK] who covered many conflict areas around the world, figured it was time to investigate this phenomenon of the rise of populism closer to home.”
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photo by Roel Visser.
They, and the other participating artists, do so in a personal way – nobody needs the same pictures of angry-at-the-world lower-middle class voters, as did photographer Roel Visser in his recent documentary work “More vulgar & Fatter”.
The photos of the Fotodok photographers do show something else than disdain for their subjects, they give prove of sincere interest and curiousity into the wondrous mechanisms of people adrift in societies where politics no longer have convincing stories. It is there where sociologist Merijn Oudenampsen comes in. He wrote the accompanying essay to the exposition.
Oudenampsen also wrote some pieces for yet another art project on populism. That was carried out, internationally, by the Dutch artists from Noordkaap. They have been touring Europe, inviting local artists to join their art shows. And in October this year everything is coming together: their final show on the subject. Let this link be an invitation to all of you.