The Rise of Populismin Europe

FOTODOK has collaborated with Vrede van Utrecht to present The Rise of Populism in Europe with (new) work by Nico Baumgarten (DE), Tinka & Frank Dietz (DE), Andrea Gjestvang (NO), Rami Hanafi (FI), Wendy Marijnissen (BE), The Prism (GR), Jan-Joseph Stok (NL/FR), Ed Thompson (GB), Maria Turchenkova (RUS), Dirk-Jan Visser (NL) and others.

Surprised and concerned by rising populism in their own country, photographers Dirk-Jan Visser and Jan-Joseph Stok decided to investigate the phenomenon. In the long-term project The Rise of Populism in Europe, they joined forces with a group of European photojournalists to explore populist shifts close to home.

The extreme-right English Defence League; the influence of social media in Germany; unrest in Hungary; the impact of the (Greek) crisis; human rights violations in Russia; the legacy of a Norwegian lone wolf; the Belgian burka ban; and the influence of the Front National on French society; the face of the Italian electorate – each photographer approached the populist developments in their country from a different angle. Together, the resulting stories present a nuanced picture of the contemporary political and social landscape in Europe. At the same time, they give an insight into the complexity of the concept of populism and its many faces.

Coinciding with The Rise of Populism, Vrede van Utrecht presents House of Eutopia, an installation by the Belgian artist Filip Berte.