Radicalisation has been a hot topic since 9/11 and radicalism is regarded as negative by definition. But born out of idealism, isn’t it often also a force for social change? Who is radical and who decides? Has there really been an increase in radical behaviour among young people in our current society or is it ‘only’ a matter of distorted representation?
The multimedia project ANGRY was presented as an exhibition, website, educational modules and the debate The Day of Anger. The work of 31 international artists is juxtaposed with statements made in the media by governments, politicians, journalists, scientists, and activists over the past 50 years (1960 – 2010). The central part of ANGRY is formed by ten video portraits of (former) Dutch radicals, differing in age from 19 to 67 – who raise essential questions on their motivations. Workshops with young people resulted in video clips, a photo project, and graffiti. For the website, a game was developed “How radical are you?”, as a tool to trigger discussion amongst students as well as visitors.
ANGRY shows that radicalism exists in all ages, and all cultures. Looking back on history, one notices that angry, protesting youths are often considered foolish utopians, but that their ideals frequently became the norm later on. This is why ANGRY is just as much an ode to being able to devote yourself uncompromisingly to a good cause as it is a mirror for those who have lost their youthful idealism. Because isn’t indifference more radical than engagement?
From 22.01.2011 until 13.06.2011, the exhibition ANGRY was presented at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. In the exhibition, works by international photographers, filmmakers and visual artists are dealing with the issues of violence, aggression, resistance and the image of the (younger) radical. They approach radicalisation as a complex process linked closely to that of identity formation.
Participating artists: Annette Behrens [1979, DE] | Nisrine Boukhari [1980, SY] | Mohamed Bourouissa [1978, ALG]| Daya Cahen [1969, NL] | Yvon Chabrowski [1978, DE] | Ad van Denderen [1943, NL] | Rineke Dijkstra [1959, NL] | Willie Doherty [1959, IE] | Eva Frapiccini [1979, IT] | Jasper Groen [1974, NL] | Johan Grimonprez [1962, BE] | Susan van Hengstum [1980, NL] | Runo Lagomarsino [1977, SE] & Johan Tirén [1973, SE] | Eva Leitolf [1966, DE] | Aernout Mik [1962, NL] | Mirko Martin [1976, DE] | Monica Nouwens [1964, NL] | Corinne Englert [1977, CH] & Isabel Morgen [1978, DE] & Cora Piantoni [1975, DE] | Sarah Pickering [1972, UK] | Adriaan van der Ploeg [1984, NL] | Astrid Proll [1947, DE] | Julian Röder [1981, DE] | Allan Sekula [1951, USA] | Jules Spinatsch 1964, CH] | Joel Sternfeld [1944, USA] Ari Versluis [1961, NL] & Ellie Uyttenbroek [1965, NL] | Yumosh [1990, TR] | Tobias Zielony [1973, DE]
All works were confronted with 10 video statements of (ex-) radicals. A multimedial historical timeline showed all radical actions and terroristic attacks over the past 50 years. In the centre, visitors could listen to 200 pop songs related to the theme via headphones.
ANGRY is also an interactive website, on which visitors can watch mini-documentaries on rebels, discover the history of radicalism or to take an angry test themselves.
At the opening of the exhibition a debate on radicalisation and anger was organised, with Wijnand Duyvendak (ex climate activist), Beatrice de Graaf (researcher terrorism) and Stacii Samidin (photographer) and moderated by Pieter van Os (editor NRC Handelsblad).
During the exhibition, ANGRY education packages (in Dutch only) were developed. The material focused on the themes of ‘radicalism’ and ‘image’. The concept of radicalism was viewed against a historical and social background. Students were challenged to imagine the motives of the radical.
Paradox developed Radicaal in Beeld for higher secondary education, Kosmopolis Rotterdam composed a classproject together for lower secondary education with guest teacher Mohammed Cheppih. During the exhibition period, schools can attend the Workshop Beeldtaal and interactive tours for all levels at the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
In the media
Tussen alle ruis en talking heads houdt de kunst zich aardig staande in ANGRY
Between noise and talking heads art keeps up in ANGRYDownload »
Neemt het radicalisme toe, of verbeelden we ons dat?
Is radicalism increasing, or is it just us?Download »
Radicaal voelt zich een idealist die de mainstream ontloopt
Radicalism is an idealist who avoids the mainstreamDownload »