Exhibition | Tomáš Rafa: New Nationalisms Exposed

Refugees on their way to Western Europe wait to cross the Serbian-Croatian border in close to freezing temperatures
October 2015

Anti-EU march of Hungarian and Polish nationalists and far right extremists, on National Independence Day
Poland, November 2015

Tomáš Rafa: New Nationalisms
New York City | USA
9 April > 10 September 2017

Prejudice, superstition, and resentment inspire the work of Slovakian self-styled ‘art activist’ and documentary filmmaker, Tomas Rafa, who, since 2009, through his ongoing project New Nationalism, has produced a hard-hitting dossier of film and still images representing the resurgence of extreme right-wing, xenophobic, and neo-fascist groups in Central Europe.

Refugees at the biggest refugee camp in Europe since WWII
Idomeni, Greece, 2016

En route to Berlin to celebrate the anniversary of the end of WWII – prior to being banned from entering Poland – Russian extreme nationalist motor bike gang, the Night Wolves, receive a heroes’ welcome in Bratislava
Slovakia, 2015

On his constant travels between Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Greece, documenting political demonstrations, blockades, and protests, Rafa keeps the camera rolling long after journalists with less stamina have left the scene, capturing vivid portraits and tense footage of events often missed in televised news reports.

Refugees stranded at Budapest’s Keleti station, their train connections to Germany having been cancelled as a result of interventions by defiant Hungarian politician Viktor Orbán
September 2015

Far right extremists protest against refugees and Islam
Prague, Czech Republic, July 2015

Born in Zilina, Slovakia in 1979, Rafa studied at the Academy of Fine arts in Banska Bystrica and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. His project New Nationalism in the Heart of Europe won the prestigious Oskár Čepan in 2011.

A selection of his work will be presented in Tomáš Rafa: New Nationalisms at New York’s MoMA PS1 from Sunday.

All images courtesy and © Tomáš Rafa

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