We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.– David Lane, the fourteen word mantra for the White Supremacy movement
In what ways can the existence and the future of Canadians be insecure? Dwelling in beer-soaked basements, surrounded by walls decorated with German, Nazi, and Canadian Red Ensign flags, Neo-Nazi Skinheads have formed underground sects all over Canada. As a photographer, I’m drawn to marginalized and alienated groups. Unlike other communities I’ve photographed, however, my interest in this group was and is complicated. I am intrigued by the Neo-Nazi lifestyle, rather than its ideology or politics: the ways in which this underground community voluntarily alienates itself completely from mainstream society.
How and why do some Canadians become Neo-Nazi Skinheads? Moving past ideological responses, what interests me most are the communities that spring up, the ways in which a segregating group fulfills its human need for support and acceptance. The symbol of white skin is penetrated and marked with the black inks of Nazi symbols. Crime becomes the bullet point to their alternative résumés. Their existence requires a distinction between themselves and mainstream Canadians, people they understand and reinscribe as “the enemy.” A self-fashioned minority who believes they should be the majority, the Neo-Nazi enclave animates the tensions of a culturally-diverse Canada.
The violent, intoxicated lifestyle of the young skinhead survives the night to become the everyday: children are born, couples are wed, families are created. Despite their opposition to the ethical and social norms of Canadian society, Neo-Nazis enact the same communal rituals and work as hard to craft the next generation. Mirroring the small ethnic communities they disdain, skinheads form identical social foundations and relationships; this is alienation as assimilation, an othering that isn’t othering at all.
“We all talk a lot about a lot of stuff, but sometimes you just got to shut up and do the time,” said Kyle McKee as he lightly shrugged his shoulders. Talking through a phone behind shatter-proof glass in January, 2010, McKee was in the Calgary remand centre facing two charges of attempted murder. “I just want to see my daughter.” Family connection is social connection.
Radical perspective does not quell the desire or need for connection. All human existence is fundamentally insecure without community or relationships, especially when so far beyond the tolerance of Canadian ideology. The Neo-Nazi drive for segregation ensures its precarious existence in the diverse Canadian landscape.
And yet the “Movement” continues.
(Source: Brett Gundlock- The “Movement”)
Social anthropology: is the study of all peoples everywhere – what they make, what they do, what they think and how they organise their social relationships and societies.
(Source: Google Search)
The reason I’ve researched Brett Gundlock is because my project is the study of people in Stafford, which makes this project a social anthropology project.
I originally planned to gather a range of different groups of people and compare their opinions with others. Such as the youth against elders, rich against the poor and people who were born here and others who have moved into the local town. However, I still plan to gather a wide range of different audience yet I now have many different idea’s I want to try out within my project. I shall keep this idea as an on going project during attempting different idea’s.
Brett Gundlock’s project however is similar but on a more extreme scale as he’s just following a certain group of people, who the majority of people today disagrees with, Neo-Nazi’s. Gundlock’s project wasn’t to promote their beliefs it was to show how they live in modern times and how all human existence is insecure without other people and relationships.
However, Brett Gundlock shots his work in a personal with their point of view the main focus, whereas my work isn’t going to be as personal and will just be a portrait of their faces as it’s mainly their opinion of the place which is the focus.
CONTEST: Win a limited-edition "The Present" show catalogue
“The Present: We will worry about tomorrow, tomorrow” is just two days away, featuring new work from Brett, Ian and Aaron.
We’re giving away one of the limited-edition, 44-page show catalogues featuring the work of 20 Canadian documentary photographers. Starting today, post your Instagram, Instamatic or Twitter photos representing the theme “The Present” using the hashtag #Present2012 for a chance to win. Deadline is Tuesday, June 26 at 10am, with the winner announced shortly after.
“Originating with and tied to time and place, the photographs show much that transcends time and place: waiting and watchfulness, intimacy and isolation, closeness and solitude, public gesture and private reflection, celebration and loss; abandonment, departure, expectation or apprehension. Most images are full of light, and the catalogue has a remarkable unity: like any good documentary work, it engages with what is seen, and constantly reflects a concern for the human condition.” - Don Snyder
Flash Forward 2012 - Selected Canadian Winners & Honourable Mentions
In anticipation of tonight’s Flash Forward 2012 exhibition and book launch, we’ve compiled links (where available) to the portfolios of this year’s fellow Canadian selected winners and honourable mentions. All links will open in a new tab in your browser. There’s a lot of inspiring work here, so get comfortable and take it in – and of course, you should come out to see some of it in person at tonight’s launch!
Brett, Ian and Aaron have new work displayed in an exhibition this Saturday, June 23rd in Toronto.
“The Present: We will worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”
New work from:
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Eamon Mac Mahon
Johan Hallberg Campbell
Mid-May, a group of documentary photographers were challenged to create new work related to the theme “The Present.” Photographs in this show were created between May 27 and June 10, 2012 and will be displayed at OZ Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. Toronto, from June 23 to the 30th, 2012.
Please join us for the opening June 23, 9 pm till late.
A variety of refreshments will be available for a small donation including: Muskoka Brewery Cream Ale, Lager, and Mad Tom IPA
A show catalogue (edition of 100) will be available for purchase at the gallery. Introduction written by Don Snyder.
This exhibition has been coordinated and curated by Andrew Williamson and Brett Gundlock.