Institut Für Rechts und Kriminalsoziologie
Royal Academy of Fine Arts - Antwerpen
University of Ulster - Photography Department
We were developing partner relationships with photography departments from different art universities but also transdisciplinary relationships with other institutions.
We would like to bring divided communities closer to each other. Therefore we invited photographers, social scientist, urban&community developers to map together cities and localities where real and imaginary fences were built up. After mapping and understanding (partly) their needs, and also publishing these online, we would like to design and implement a model community project by involving the locals too.
several cities in Europe
Fences are built up everywhere in Europe. These are dividing communities and cities in two parts that are estranged from each other, and they maybe barely have contact with each other. This estranged feeling is feeding their alienation and causing long term problems for everyone living in this situation.
We wish to help and learn from these communities, in order to build up a better future without no fences. After mapping them and their needs with visual and social science tools we would like to implement in one of the "fenced location" a community project that is designed by our team and partners and that involves also the locals from both sides of the fence.
We are planing to organize two workshops: one to design the mapping methodologies and the second to design the social intervention community project. Parallel with this we are going to set up the website and locate the fence-zones. In the second part of the project we will gather photographs and possibly send to those locations teams composed of professionals (social scientist, community developers and photographers) to survey the needs and desires of these communities. After collecting all these information, we will start to develop a possible intervention community project that could work later as a model project for localities with fences.
First we are aiming to get to know better communities from the both sides of the fences, to see what are their needs, meaning that our main target groups are the members of these communities. Also we are aiming to engage more photographers and community workers as their "eyes and expertise" is needed for this project. We would like to draw the attention of the decision makers, who are considering to build up fences, because we'd like to show them the disadvantageous consequences too.
The project wishes to apply photography at the base of civic education and social science research
projects. As a widely utilized visual tool, the use of photography will provide the common platform
between the above divergent sciences. Photography related arts have special importance in the
dissemination of abstract ideas across cultural barriers, thus fulfilling a more central role than only a
logical means of documentation.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Costs for 2 workshops: 10 000 EUR, Travel costs: 10 000 EUR, Fees for experts: 15000 Euro, Material costs 7000 Website costs: 1000 EUR
We are looking forward to hear about these kind of cities, locations, zones: where real or imaginary fences are dividing communities and causing a long term barrier.
In a unique cross-sectoral approach, the project “DeFence” addresses the topic of fences and borders in today’s Europe. Exploring the potentials of photography to promote understanding and dialogue, the project sets out to develop a methodology through which community builders, social scientists and photographers can design social interventions that benefit divided communities.