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photography: Dick Verdonkschot


From 26 November 2015 through 3 April 2016

Colonial war 1945-1949. Desired and undesired images

The Dutch media 
This exhibition focuses on a forgotten aspect of the colonial war in the Dutch East Indies: the influence of the Dutch military intelligence services on how the Dutch media reported on the conflict.

'Desired' pictures
Images that were released for publication at the time show the ‘desired’ pictures that were published in Dutch newspapers and weeklies, such as Panorama, Katholieke Illustratie (Catholic illustrated magazine) and De Spiegel (the Mirror). They presented millions of readers with a distorted picture of the situation.

Not shown
Beside the desired images there are the images that were not shown to the Dutch. They did not please the censors or they were found much later in the private albums of Dutch soldiers. Those images show that the colonial war was far more violent than is generally acknowledged.
 
Manipulating public opinion
This exhibition casts a different light on the colonial war and shows the power and impact of photography and film. The official image of the war on Java and Sumatra aimed at manipulating public opinion. Without images of violence there seemed to be no war.
 

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