TALES OF FREEDOM
18.07.20 – 22.11.20
Freedom never was, is and should be taken for granted. 75 years ago we in the Netherlands regained our freedom. After a period of suppression of all our individual liberties, a new era dawned. We acquired freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of gender, in short freedom to be who we want to be ourselves.
In 2020 this freedom is more important than ever before. In many countries in the world, freedom is limited because of war, political circumstances, racial or gender-inequality or religious discrimination. People are suppressed in many di erent ways and cannot always be who they want to be. Some of them are forced or choose to seek theirfreedom elsewhere, in another country or even another continent, far away from their familiar surroundings. These refugees also arrive in our Dutch society, where they hope to regain their freedom.
Tales of Freedom shows the topicality of freedom. To make this exhibition we worked together with groups who work with refugees, like “Buddy to Buddy” (winner of the royal award “Appeltje van Oranje 2018”). We have also given a platform to refugees who settled down in our town or who have to live here for a while, waiting for their chance of a more permanent freedom. A few Dutch artists also contributed to this theme. The stories of 75 years ago are told in fragments from thediaries of contemporaries.
Tales of Freedom wants to help us never to take freedom as a given. It hopes to show us that we have to be very careful about our freedom, and that it is something worth “fighting” for.
“LONG LIVE FREEDOM!”