L'anthologie of Global Inestabilidad Transpuesta - Political and Social Instability: the Brexit Mess (Part 30)

Transposing emblem by Andrea Alvisi
It is fair to say that in the last few years – and specifically, in the last few months – the world has sunk into quite a state. Terrorist attacks, the ensuing refugee crisis, the rise of populism, a potential new Cold War, fake or “alternative” news. You name it, we may have seen it. And yet, as a European national living in the United Kingdom, I believe the biggest blow to my future was possibly inflicted by the results of the Brexit referendum.
Birmingham, UK - Gas Street Basin canal
Believe it or not, I was not one of those who blindly believed the polls. The last few months of the referendum campaign had been exhausting for everyone, including those of us who could not vote on a matter so close to us. And it is true that the Remain supporters were running out of steam, much to the satisfaction of the Leave camp, which could then play a few trump cards. Also, much could be said about appealing to sheer ignorance in regard to what the EU really does. That is why, when I checked the results of the referendum that morning, part of me was already expecting it.
Birmingham, UK - New Street railway station
For many, me included, the United Kingdom had always been a beacon of hope for diversity, acceptance, tolerance. The 1990s were a shining example of how different cultures can meet, cooperate and benefit from each other. In the UK, everyone can dress as they like, speak their mind and stand out from the crowd. In universities, creative thinking and personal opinions are strongly encouraged. In Italy, on the other hand, people will often look down at you if you do not wear the latest brand-name items, and academia usually expects you to regurgitate verbatim what this or that professor said in class. But all of this was about to change. Too swiftly, even.
London, UK - Heartbeat balloon installation in Covent Garden
One British aid worker living abroad quite aptly summarized the outcome of the referendum by stating that the UK experienced 48 years’ worth of intrigue in the 48 hours after the results were announced. And it is true. If in the past everyone had always believed things could not change (or not much anyway) and that the UK would always be solid and stable, the Brexit changed all that. In a matter of days, major players in the referendum abandoned the sinking ship and left others to deal with the mess. Resigning became the latest trend. So much so, in fact, that we were left without a Prime Minister and with less than half of the Shadow ministers there were before. Unheard of. Had never happened before. And yet, it did.
London, UK - Towers of glass
The political turmoil and instability continues today. Theresa May, the new British Prime Minister, has been repeatedly found unable to lead. The Economist blamed her indecision on her will to control everything in person, a strategy which may have served her well in the Home Office, but which fails to deliver as the PM.

And this is without taking into account the various drafts and versions of the infamous Article 50 bill, the existence of which has been put to doubt multiple times. The referendum was launched without a clear idea of what would happen next. Everyone knows that now, but many were fooled into thinking there was an underlying strategy when they voted to leave the EU. The vote on the various aspects of this proposal only took place last week, more than 6 months after the actual referendum. And only, in my humble opinion, because of pressure from the EU member states, the press, NGOs, people and many British MPs.
London, UK - At night
My friends and family back home in Italy often ask me what the situation is like here. “What is going to happen now? When is Article 50 going to be triggered? Will you be deported?” The answer is I do not know. No one does, and this is the real problem. In an era where everything you want to know is at your fingertips, clear, unbiased and reliable information on the next steps in the secession from the EU is very hard to come by. As a result, panic and instability ensue. The pound sterling keeps on going down, much to the joy of Europeans who can now trade with the UK on almost even ground. European nationals (and not only) living in the UK have been targeted by racist and xenophobic attacks.
London, UK - London at twilight
Companies relying on foreign employees now face the prospect of having to pay more for visas and work permits, although that is just one of many options. Foreign nationals are usually the backbone of academia, which relies on a steady stream of researchers, teachers and professors from many different environments to offer a thriving and culturally-enriching environment to students in the UK. Now, however, freedom of movement may be limited, with serious consequences for the quality of undergraduate and postgraduate education in the country. Many EU nationals have attempted to apply for permanent residency in the UK, a process which requires a gargantuan amount of time and documents, including a 90-odd page form to be filled out in its entirety.
London, UK - People
It is fair to say that the British people have spoken. However, it also goes without saying that the constant uncertainty, the sheer political instability, social division and conflicts, and turmoil generated by one very divisive vote are a price the whole of the UK is paying, not just the EU nationals living here. And what is going to happen now? That is a very good question indeed.

Andrea Alvisi
Emblem of Instability in postcard booklet or Archive of Instability at 1080 Wyckoff, Queens, NY


Photo 1: Glassgow, UK - Tunnel by Ryan Johnston

Photo 2: Birmingham, UK - Gas Street Basin canal by Simon Hickie

Photo 3: Birmingham, UK - New Street railway station by Arena Photo UK

Photo 4: London, UK - Heartbeat balloon installation in Covent Garden, photo by greta

Photo 5: London, UK - Towers of glass by elle pistock

Photo 6: London, UK - At night by IR Stone

Photo 7: London, UK - London at twilight by IR Stone

Photo 8: London, UK - People by IR Stone

Parts of the Emblem of Instability

Bichen, Svetlana Novoselova. Mental and Cultural Instability: Russia and Turkey. February 2017.

Caetano, Raphael. Instabilidade emocional: Brazil. February 2017.

Cordido, Verónica. Instability, a Stable Reality: Venezuela and America. April 2017.

Dastan, S.A. The Stability of Instability: Turkey and Syria. March 2017.

D'Adam, Anton. Psychosocial Instability in Argentina and America: El granero del mundo and The Manifest Destiny. January 2017.

Delibasheva, Emilia. Political Instability: Electoral Coups in America and Bulgaria. December 2016.

Friedrich, Angelika. Introduction: The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.

Fondevik, Vigdis. Unstable Nature: Norway and Denmark. October 2016.

Halimi, Sophia. Modern Instabilité: Youth and Employment in France and China. March 2017.

Hernandez, Jonay Quintero. Embracing Instability - Spain. February 2017.

Kelvin, Sera. The Stability in Expecting Emotional Instability: Brazil. April 2017.

Larrosa, Mariela. The Very Stable Spanish Instability. April 2017.

Lobos, José. Political Instability: Guatemala. May 2017.

Mankevich, Tatsiana. The Absence of Linguistic Stabilнасцi: Does the Belarusian Language Have a Future? December 2016.

Meschi, Isabelle. Linguistic Instabilité and Instabilità: France and Italy. November 2016.

Mitra, Ashutosh. The Instability of Change: India. January 2016.

Moussly, Sahar. The Instability of Tyranny: Syria and the Syrian Diaspora. December 2016.

Nastou, Eliza. Psychological Αστάθεια and Inestabilidad during the Economic Crisis: Greece and Spain. December 2016.

Nevosadova, Jirina. Whatever Happens, It Is Experience. May 2017.

Partykowska, Natalia. Niestabilność and адсутнасць стабільнасці in the Arts: Polish and Belarusian Theater. January 2017.

Persio, P.L.F. Social Instabilità and Instabiliteit: Italy and the Netherlands. November 2016.

Pranevich, Liubou. Cultural Instability: Belarus and Poland. March 2017.

Romano, Mavi. Unstable Identities: Ecuador and Europe. October 2016.

Shunit. Economic Instability: Guinea and Gambia. April 2017.

Sitorus, Rina. Instabilitas Toleransi: Indonesia. May 2017.

Sousa, Antonia. Social and Economic Instabilidade: Portugal. January 2017.

Vuka. My Intimate Imbalanced Inclination. March 2017.

Walton, Éva. Historical and Psychological Bizonytalanság within Hungarian Culture. January 2017.

Zadrożna-Nowak, Amelia. Economic Instability: Poles at Home and the Polish Diaspora. November 2016.

Zakharova, Anastasiya. Instability in Relationships: Russia. April 2017.

To follow: texts by Korean, Turkish, Russian, Serbian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian writers and translators

Further reading

Azazeal, Alex. Отражение Spiegelt Reflection. 2014.

Friedrich, Angelika. The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.

Friedrich, Angelika. Sub-Under-U-метро-Bahn-Ground-Way. 2014.

Gergiev, Vladimir. Street - Straße - Улица. 2014

Metivier, Anthony. Kunstart. 2014.

Smirnov, Yuri. Art de streetулица. 2013.

Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part I). August 2016.

Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part II). August 2016.

Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part III). September 2016.

Whittlesey, Henry. Forward to Next Transposing Emblem. January 2016.

Whittlesey, Henry. Changes to Transposing Emblems. November 2015.

Whittlesey, Henry. Excerpt of new emblem transpoзиция on trash. September 2015.

Whittlesey, Henry. Müll trashed мусор. 2013

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Emblem of Instability in postcard booklet or Archive of Instability at 1080 Wyckoff, Queens, NY

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