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Norwegian Magnum photographer and World Press Photo winner Jonas Bendiksen is creating an international furore with his groundbreaking work The Book of Veles. This temporary exhibition builds on this book of photographs and leaves the viewer with the question: is what I see real or not?
This exhibition is largely in English
The northern Macedonian industrial town of Veles gained notoriety in 2016 as the epicentre of fake news production by unemployed youths. Bendiksen created and published an apparently traditional documentary photo book about Veles and its residents (The Book of Veles). But nothing could be further from the truth. The photos and texts in the book turned out to be themselves a layered play with reality and disinformation.
Bendiksen garnered praise but also criticism, with him himself being accused of spreading fake news. It all turns out to be part of this intriguing project. Inspired by the mythical Slavic god Veles, he explores the boundaries of truth and reality in photography. As a visitor, you are confronted with the question: what do I actually see and read, and what can and will I still trust?
This exhibition can be visited at Beeld & Geluid in The Hague from 4 November 2022 to 8 January 2023. A museum ticket gives automatic access to this temporary exhibition. On Friday 4 November at 15:30, Jonas Bendiksen will give a lecture about his work at Beeld & Geluid in The Hague.