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November 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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an old song

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November 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

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An Old Song – theorized

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Nationalism usually conquers in the name of a putative folk culture. Its symbolism is drawn from the healthy, pristine, vigorous life of the peasants, of the Volk, the narod. There is a certain element of truth in the nationalist self-presentation when the narod or Volk is ruled by officials of another, an alien high culture, whose oppression must be resisted at first by a cultural revival and reaffirmation, and eventually by a war of national liberation.

If the nationalism prospers it eliminates the alien high culture, but it does not then replace it by the old low culture; it revives, or invents, a local high (literate specialist-transmitted) culture of its own, though admittedly one which will have some links with the earlier local folk styles and dialects.

The basic deception and self-deception practised by nationalism is this: nationalism is, essentially, the general imposition of a high culture on society . . . It means that generalized diffusion of a school mediated, academy-supervised idiom, codified for the requirements of reasonably precise bureaucratic and technological communication. It is the establishment of an anonymous, impersonal society, with mutually substitutable atomized individuals, held together above all by a shared culture of this kind, in place of a previous complex structure of local groups, sustained by folk cultures reproduced locally and idiosyncratically by the micro-groups themselves. That is what really happens.

So a sociological self-deception, a vision of reality through a prism of illusion, still persists, but it is not [in the same manner] as that which was analysed by [Emile] Durkhiem. Society no longer worships itself through religious symbols; a modern, streamlined, on-wheels high culture celebrates itself in song and dance, which it borrows (stylizing it in the process) from a folk culture which it fondly believes itself to be perpetuating, defending and reaffirming.

ERNEST GELLNER in Nations and Nationalism p56

The idea for the title, An Old Song comes from the closing of the Scottish Parliament in 1707, when the union act was brought in uniting the Scottish and English Parliaments. With the Scottish Parliament gathered for the last time the speaker closed with the line, now there’s the end of an old song. In reference to what was essentially the end of Scotland – well the end of Scotland as an independent political state – but nevertheless the union was meant to lead to the end of Scottish and English nationalism and the birth of a single British nationalism. It was that sentence that encouraged me to consider the story of a nation or of a group of people as a song, a constantly evolving, transforming song. It is also in reference to Gellner’s repeated references to folk cultures, and songs, and how modern industrial society takes them, remolds them, and then uses them as historical justification for their nationalist beliefs.

To make the photographs I am traveling to Mostar, in Bosnia Herzegovina. Mostar is a divided city, with the scars of the recent fighting still fresh, and with nationalist sentiments running high. But, I don’t want the work to only talk about Mostar and the three sided war of the early 1990’s, which is why I am using the style I am, I want the work to have the opportunity to talk about nationalism and segregation universally. But in order to do this I feel it is important to make work in a specific place, that can personally talk about the pains of segregation and Mostar is able to talk about these issues better than most.

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November 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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its been a while

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November 12, 2010 at 11:22 am

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self-portrait

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November 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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eternally yours

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May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

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et tu

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May 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

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