Political prisoners in Loevestein Castle


Together with Martin Sämmer of MAF, I devised a unique approach for the written information in this exhibition. All textual information is initially censored; if a visitor wants to read information, they have to put in extra effort.
Immediately upon entering, it is already hitting the mark. For example, the hefty projection screen in the entrance section of the exhibition resembles a mega-sized censored textpage, no word except the exhibition title is legible. Text boards and display cases have transparent overlays topped with black bars that, except for a few keywords, cover the entire content. The books written by the political prisoners in the exhibition are also censored. A visitor must first lift an overlay in order to read the boards and books.
In the attic of the castle, in the protest space, you can see a collage of protest posters and an inviting bright yellow table. Visitors can take a seat at this table and take action themselves by writing a message on a card and depositing it in the mailbox. On the tabletop I wrote by hand an eye-catching invitation to do so.
The large poster wall in the last room depicts former political prisoners who were released with the help of Amnesty International.

Photography: Mike Bink, MAF, Stroomberg