Tomáš Rafa

NEW NATIONALISM

In the Heart of Europe
Central Europe
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  • copyright: Tomáš Rafa
  • copyright: Tomáš Rafa
  • copyright: Tomáš Rafa
  • copyright: Tomáš Rafa
  • copyright: Tomáš Rafa
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New Nationalism is about the generation of conflicts due to political interests and the divisions in Central European society arising from prejudices, superstitions and resentments. Ongoing, the project maps the tense social issues in what is known as the Visegrad or V4 countries - Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Through film footage and reports, Rafa explores and exposes the relative boundaries between patriotism and nationalist extremism. He approaches terms such as multiculturalism, xenophobia and neo-fascism against the background of everyday life.

 

The specific subjects of the project include: Slovak - Hungarian conflicts; Slovak – Roma conflicts; Czech – Roma conflicts; and Polish - Jewish conflicts. Also New Nationalism also investigates how reporting by the media shapes and shifts ideologies around nationalism and in particular how the media is used by various groups and nationalist organizations to promote hatred and separatist agendas.

 

The work from this project is housed on a website and has been shown in museums, galleries and other public venues. Screenings of the videos are often followed by community conversations where the participants discuss nationalist conflicts in their region and concerns connected to people who the subject of discrimination. The participants are often moved to participate in positive social activism.