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November 17th/November 30th: Conway Mill, Top Loft, 3Rd Floor
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December 11th, 6pm. Vernissage. Linen Hall Library
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VISUAL PROJECTS IN PROGRESS:
â€œNocturnoâ€, by Andrea Varacalli. The midnite Sun around the contemporary Belfast society.
â€œBody Snatchers: an underground urban rebellionâ€ by Kaya Brown and Andrea Varacalli. Produced by the WAT?! Team, Belfastburg
â€œTokyogoth: Inside the Japanese Gothic Subculturesâ€ By Andrea â€˜Askaâ€™ Varacalli
B E L F A S K A T I N G: a Subterranean Sociology Project.
BELFASKATING MARK VI http://www.lesenfantsterribles.org/belfaskatingmark6.html
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Andrea â€˜Askaâ€™ Varacalli was born in Roma, Italia, 1969. Author, journalist, professional photographer and multimedia artist He began his career in 1992 as an analyst of nationalism and politics in Europe . A year later, he became the Northern Ireland and Basque Country security and political correspondent for the prestigious Italian newspaper, Avvenire. He is the author of several reportages focused on 21st century youths and extreme right wings across Europe. Together with various projects and exhibitions, Andrea Varacalli is today the editor in chief for the sociological magazine, Les Enfants Terribles. He is currently fully engaged in the development of the WAT?! group (Waterfront Artistic Troops) and the awarded Belfaskating project represents the first achievement of the team. â€˜Nocturnoâ€™ and â€˜Tokyogothâ€™ are among the future projects.
Belfast City Spektra by Andrea â€˜Askaâ€™ Varacalli.
BELFASKATING: a wider project to investigate the impact of post-conflict in Northern Ireland through the eyes of the new generation. The research and related issue move from an innovative approach to understand the legacies of a dualistic society in a â€œnew shared futureâ€ Era. The project is articulated within a sub-cultural urban context and aims, with the use of visual and audio-interview materials, to portray the â€œthird way to integrationâ€. Acknowledging that the personal and social development is a central theme in the delivery of youth work and identifying some core principles that should subvert some of stereotypes linked to the classification â€œYouthsâ€, Belfaskating intends to represent an alternative methodological Art step in the direction of exploratory and experimental study. Running for several approvals and grants from Gov dpt. and Org, in the process of being arranged as an Exhibition and with future plans for a publication and interventions to youth multimedia meetings, the Belfaskating Project is now fully engaged in a consultation phase regarding its own strategical methods and sociological implications. The ultimate purpose is to represent a multifaceted step forward in the observation and targeting of the current Northern Irish youth.
Andrea Varacalli. Author, Journalist and Professional Photographer, Multimedia Artist. Northern Ireland and Basque Country, Youths New Generations and Extreme European Right Wings analist; Security and Political correspondent for the Italian newspaper Avvenire. Editor in Chief of the political and sociological magazine, Les Enfants Terribles. Nato a Roma, trentasette anni fa. Fotografo, autore e giornalista, dal 1993 corrispondente dallâ€™Irlanda del Nord e dai Paesi Baschi per le maggiori testate giornalistiche italiane, poi il quotidiano Avvenire. Andrea Varacalli illustra e analizza realtaâ€™ di conflitto identitario e nazionale. Residente nelle Sei Contee dal 1994, Varacalli si distingue come acuto e impietoso osservatore delle contraddizioni e delle complessitaâ€™ che hanno caratterizzato lo scontro armato nellâ€™Ulster Britannico e che oggi si traducono nella dialettica costituzionale tra i partiti Nazionalisti e Unionisti. Dalla guerriglia urbana alla dissacrazione dei luoghi di sepoltura, dallâ€™espressione culturale e identitaria delle due comunitaâ€™ agli scontri tra manifestanti e forze dellâ€™ordine Britanniche, gli scatti raccontano la potenza di un confronto appassionato tra uomini e ideali. Nella responsabilitÃ della testimonianza, lo sguardo del fotografo diventa un atto morale di devozione nei confronti di una realtÃ feroce e mai scontata nella modulazione dei suoi contrasti. La fotografia di Varacalli Ã¨ uno sguardo in 17mm che si spinge fin dentro e oltre le linee degli scontri, eâ€™ attitudine estetica a condensare in un taglio grandangolare squarci di veritÃ . Nel visore della sua Nikon luci e ombre diventano storia e racconto, evento e visione. Le corrispondenze che firma per Avvenire accompagnano gli scatti con la stessa profonditÃ di campo, rifuggendo da linee editoriali compiacenti e compiaciute nel semplicistico conteggio dei torti e delle ragioni. Le sue esposizioni, â€˜Corrispondenze in una bottigliaâ€™ che non si lascia trasportare dalle correnti: sono bottiglie incendiarie, comete dâ€™ira e di dissenso che fendono lâ€™aria di questo angolo di mondo. Dove la passione ancora infiamma, sono le fiamme della passione a scrivere la storia. Oggi sta lavorando al suo nuovo progetto con le subculture post-conflitto nordirlandesi intitolato â€˜Belfaskatingâ€™.
By Andrea Lavazza, columnist del quotidiano italiano Avvenire
Avvenire: the most preeminent Italian Newspaper.
As individuals we all have more than one identity. This was described best by Tajfelâ€™s social identity theory that suggests that we belong to various societal groups (i.e. the family, the school â€¦.) and therefore we will hold a variety of social identities.
This theory also goes further to focus on how oneâ€™s social identity can lead us to forming in-groups and out groups. The group we identify strongly with e.g. â€œThe Gothsâ€or â€˜in groupâ€™ will purposely find problems with the values and norms displayed by e.g. â€œThe skatersâ€ and this will eventually lead to alienation of others that donâ€™t belong to â€˜your groupâ€™.
This in group identification and out group vilification will often times promote confrontation even violence. We can see this division of groups in Northern Irish society without looking to closely, for decades â€˜protestantsâ€™ have fought against their out group â€˜catholicsâ€™. (I accept that there are many issues that have lead to this conflict but it none the less illustrates how the â€˜in groupâ€™ and â€˜out groupâ€™ can operate)
What happens however to those people who identify with neither group? They remain on the fringes of society and concentrate on their developing sub culture, were they dismiss the discourse between the main confronting groups and seek out like minded individuals and form another grouping.
We see this forming when we look around Belfast city centre. Young people who have no time for the main groups in society and feel compelled to show a different face. They will not define themselves as protestant or catholic but as Goths, punks, skaters, these groups will have their own informal rules and regulations and strive to be identified as such. ( This does not mean they are solely defined as punks or Goths etc, remembering that they will always have different social identities â€“ in their families they will not be â€˜the gothâ€™ they will be the sister or brotherâ€¦.)
These young people are often excluded from the main society in question â€“ they are quite content to remain in their groupings until such times as they no longer hold the values and norms they wish to identify with and they will subsequently move on (probably to identify with another group).
Society will often view and define these young people as â€˜differentâ€™ to the extent that some may even fear them, as they are unable to identify with them. They cannot see past the clothes, the make up, the hair style, the music â€“ they do not see young people they see young Punks, Goths, skaters, etc. This is what the groups appear to strive for in defining themselves as something different.
Belfaskating strives to represent these young people through the medium of multi media art. To engage in discussion and facilitate a representation of how the young people view themselves and the society around them.
To create an insight within wider society and promote the diversity â€“ yet concentrate on the similarities â€“ that make us who we are.
Aine Fox, Sociologist and Youth Worker, Belfast
Andreaâ€™s shots open a window on a world that begs to differ. The world of a generation forgotten by the contradictions and confusion of a city still recovering from a conflict. This is a brave attempt to speak the same language as Belfastâ€™s young people, to understand their visual creativity. The shots compose a fluid narrative of urban adolescence and youth. Stories are told by mean of gestures, expressions and clothing. Despite being from different tribes, the characters of this unfolding stories merge under the common denominator of skateboarding. Skating is the privileged language chosen by these people to cry out their will to be different. Every piercing, make up, hairstyle, skin cut and piece of clothing is a statement in favour of this difference. These young people managed to create lore of personal stories that, once narrated by their own voices, will try to fill the moral emptiness created by the society of their parents. It is not only a rebellion: it is a creative act, the attempt to construct a reality easy to understand and forgive. Therefore, skating along a wall of graffiti and division has a powerful symbolic meaning. It is the re-appropriation of a territory that has been taken away from them. They are the squatters of those city squares and streets, and they have the right to be there.
After looking at the images, one feels the urge to hear the stories from the kids themselves: their stories of hopes and disillusionment , of pain and self-harm behind those smiles. It is time to start paying attention to them, to give them credit for their refusal to sit back and disappear. Andreaâ€™s photographs gave them voice. Now it is our turn to listen.
Martina Buckley, Department of Applied Psychology, UCC, Cork.
Technique: Streetshooting in medium format. E6 cross-processed
Equipment: Rollei 6008, Nikon F5
Highlite publications: â€œUm muro em Belfastâ€, Mundo Missao, Brazialian Magazine. The Peaceline stroke hearts and minds of both communities.
â€œAsbo e alcol: vescovi e governo irlandese cercano una soluzioneâ€
Andrea Varacalli, Avvenire
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