Sometimes Antisocial, Always Antifascist exhibition

15 March 2019

Open: 4th April -1st May 2019. Location: Birmingham

RPS Education Award recipient Conrad Tracy documents FC. Sankt Pauli football supporters

 

About Conrad Tracy:
Conrad Tracy is a Photographer and Academic. He is currently Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course at AUB (Arts University Bournemouth) and was the Chair of The Association for Photography in Higher Education (APHE) for three years. Tracy was the recipient of the RPS Education Award in 2013.

Tracy has also produced photographic work for editorial clients including the Observer Magazine and the Saturday and Sunday Times Magazines. His work has been exhibited nationally over the last 20 years.

 

About the exhibition:
The supporters of FC Sankt Pauli offer an alternative to the traditional stereotypes often perpetuated by British and European football supporters.

Across Europe fascism simmers barely below the surface at some football clubs. However, in Hamburg there is an alternative in FC. Sankt Pauli, whose supporters define themselves as anti-fascist/homophobic/racist/Semitic and sexist - the antithesis of right-wing elements who hope to infiltrate football culture. The St. Pauli. Skinheads, who are a large part of this project, live by their moto; “Sometimes Anti-Social, Always Anti-Fascist”, which is emblazoned on the entrance to their section of the ground and they are a good example of why not to judge people on appearance alone.

Tracy aims to provide an insight into a culture that embraces difference and tolerance, while maintaining loyalty and bonds of friendship that are intrinsically woven into the fabric of football culture and the working-class communities that the majority of supporters belong to.

 

Address:
Birmingham City University,
Parkside Gallery,
5 Cardigan Street,
Birmingham
B4 7BD