Winner Silver – European Design Awards 2020
Category Exhibition Design
From paradisiacal images to grim reality. The photo exhibition ‘Dossier Indië’ in Wereldmuseum Rotterdam delves into the history of colonized Indonesia between 1840 and 1949.
The earliest photographs, dating from the early 19th century, depict the Dutch East Indies as an exotic idyll. This idealized image slowly makes way for a more accurate portrayal with images of exploitation, war and, finally, Indonesia’s independence.
The exhibition offers a layered and multifaceted narrative, which is reflected in the exhibition’s design and layout. Blow-ups of powerful images guide visitors through the space and give an initial impression of the theme. The large pictures physically envelop the viewer, while the vintage prints that follow draw the viewer even deeper into the narrative.
The spatial design of the exhibition leads visitors from one confronting scene to another. The wooden structures that serve as a canvas for the photographic narrative change shape as the history of the Dutch East Indies unfolds.
Exhibition ‘Dossier Indië’
Untill December 31, 2020