Tomas Rafa

Artist

Slovakia

Since 2009, Tomas Rafa has been tackling the pressing problem of nationalism in Central Europe in his ongoing documentary film project New Nationalism. Traveling between Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia, the project details the creation of conflicts that arise from prejudices, superstitions and resentments in the region. Featuring tense footage and reports of political demonstrations, blockades, and protests, Rafa captures events often not seen on televised news programs. Winner of the Oskár Čepan Award in Slovakia (2011), Rafa’s project is housed on a website that has been screened in museums and galleries across Europe, promoting positive social activism and evoking community conversations about regional nationalist conflicts. Rafa’s recent contribution to Creative Time Reports recounted his experience documenting the Euromaidan protests in Kiev early this year.