Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Fascists!





Young Italian  Skinhead during the Hawaian party on the coast of Lazio, in august 2010.
Each year, the Italian skins come together and celebrate the beginning of summer, wearing Hawaiian style.

Oh my goodness. I do like Paolo Marchetti's Fever even though it's dramatic, it's stylised, it's cinematic, and has subject matter that  is violent and troubling. Or maybe I like it because of all those things.

I'm trying to think of other projects on fascism but don't seem to be able to come up with much more than Simon Norfolk's work on the British National Party and, not quite the same, Nick Knight's Skinhead. But the latter is more about the subculture than anything else and has a big music and fashion crossover. (And it's amazing to think Knight made this in his second year of college. And that it's still available for only £8.99 ).

But I guess there is always a cultural crossover with depictions of fascism. The music, the fashion, the football, the posturing and the body. And the underlying air of violence and history repeating itself. And posturing...

And I guess it all connects back to Leni Riefenstahl and Rodchenko and Italian fascist propaganda. Which connects back to Roman and Greek depictions of the body and then to architecture, power and privilege. But if I follow that line of thinking then I'll discover that living in the classically influenced city of Bath, I'm immersed in a place that has a fascist cultural overlay that was  built on the proceeds of the slave trade.

So even though there is that stylisation in Marchetti's work, he also mixes the muscular and the ordinary, the despicable and the benign. The way of thinking and being highlighted in Marchetti's work is not limited to the extreme right then, it runs right through all societies...




The scream of a member of the far right during a demonstration against the Berlusconi government organized by the party of "Forza Nuova" in Rome, january 2010.




Armando’s private garage, this is his homemade boxing ring. He organizes training sessions and friendly boxing matches. Here, close to Rome, may 2010.




Yearly Gathering in honor of the death of the young Mattei brothers, who died in their own home set afire by the "Red Brigates". Rome, april 2010.


Jamie, nick-named “The Swan”, 31 years from UK, throwing his friend's son in an inflatable pool. During a gathering between skinhead from all Europe in Roman seaside in august 2010.


Two members of the far right admire the charming Memmingen, Bavaria.
Germany, 10/08/2013.








Marco and Giorgio at friend’s wedding anniversary.
Roma january 2010.





Party members of "Forza Nuova" during a wedding party in Roman province.
May 2009.




Marco, 26 years old, from Italy, during a trip to center Italy for a concert of alternative music. December 2010.


Unghary, Budapest, a Skinhead is sleeping on the table at the end of a party a party that lasted until the next morning.




A Spanish Skinhead during a meeting between Skins from all over Europe in Perugia (center Italy). September 2009.




Laura 6 months old, in his cradle in the private headquarters of the party so named "Forza Nuova" in Rome.
March 2009


Project Statement by Paolo Marchetti. 

The Awakening of European
Fascism
2009 - 2013

Fever is the first great chapter of a larger research that I am facing in
recent years. I'm trying to study in deep a primordial feeling that is
affecting more and more of our time:  rage.

I began to interrogate myself about the triggering factors and the
multiple emotional layers when anger can express themselves, and I
immediately realized that the first step in order to attain my
investigation, it would have been to make me invest emotionally,
through direct experience . The political channel was the first step to
deal with, and I early realized on that chase the anger would have
been a road dense, such as running into the honey, and the attempt to
be completely impregnate in certain dynamics, through the sharing of
everyday life, it is often revealed contaminant. This feeling on the
skin, as by induction, has given me a further opportunity, to breathe in
the nest where the anger is sprouting and known to be contagious as
an aerobic germ, has allowed me to know the herd, and be a patient of
the fever.

I learned that the herd can teach the unit but at the same time, its
members may lose their autonomy intellectual, ideological and
indentitarian in favor of a supposedly higher purpose, a purpose that
unites every member of the group, subjecting them to that choice.
Everyone can identifies himself in the choice, as an integral and
active for the purpose of the herd, others can easily succumb to the
fascination of belonging, that identity, political, religious, and
therefore forego the opportunity to become leaders of their choices.
I wonder if instead, there is simply a behavioral conduct to mediate all
this? Once again at the center of the matter is the ego of each of us and
our ability to manage the ethical integrity.

The ongoing crisis is forcing the individual into a corner and
amplifying the seed of fear and intolerance in all Europe. The perfect
storm is ready to rock out and fascism is its instrument.
Also, the recent Mediterranean revolution, the so-called "Arab
spring", has amplified the seed of fear and racial intolerance among
young people in much of Europe, thus triggering a response of closure
between the generations most vulnerable, who see the immigration
phenomenon a real threat to their society and their work.

In fact, these feelings, such as the need to protect their country and
their culture, which result from the "invasion" of immigration flows
are not confirmed by recent censuses, the most recent estimates, do
not encounter an exponential growth of immigrants.

It seems instead that these historical events could be used by the
various political parties as manipulators tools towards the electors, on
the one hand, giving them the feeling of fear linked to the concept of
invasion and loss of identity and culture. on the other hand, exploiting
values such as aid to the most needy and openness to different
cultures. Once again, the fear as a political tool.

In the center of the contemporary issue, what’s really blowing oxygen
to the flame of anger in our society, is undoubtedly represented by the
ongoing crisis, especially in Europe. In recent years, these factors
have created the conditions for a closure between people and the
opening of philosophies based on "every man for himself."
The times in which we are moving towards, they are the ideal
breeding ground for these dynamics, basically based on fear and the
new policies imposed by dictatorial banking systems feeds the fire of
anger. In the era of globalization, tens of thousands of people all over
Europe, screaming to the world "I exist."

"I exist and I am not a product of your company. I exist because I live
my identity, unique and essential and I belong to a people, a religion,
a race."

I have developed my project in Italy, Hungary, Finland and Germany,
thus giving to "Fever" meaning extended to the international level. In
addition, thanks to the recognition of the "Getty Images Editorial
Grant" got in 2012, I had the opportunity to complete my research
on the rage, a job that lasted 5 years.

"Fever" is not only a political deepening, but it is my opportunity to
investigate our times, and find a visual translatability of my personal
studies in authentic stories, current and tangible.

2 comments:

microcord said...

There's an uncomfortable resemblance between one of this crowd's favourite symbols (which we're told "is used as a pseudo-swastika by various neo-Nazi groups") and the (of course innocently intended) emblem of Straylight Press.

colin pantall said...

Yes, it does resemble the Straylight logo - but it's a cross and it kind of reminds me of the old Crass symbol as well so unless Tony starts releasing White Power books....

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