Due to the COVID-19 measures, Wereldmuseum is closed untill January 19, 2021. Unfortunately Dossier Indië en Merdeka! can't be visited anymore.
A different look at colonial photography
The history of Indonesia under colonialism
The earliest photographs depict an idealised image of a glorious Dutch East Indies. The exhibition shows how 19th century photographers shaped a mythical image of the colonies. But in the late 19th century and in the 20th century, the photographs gradually change in character to lay bare a more accurate picture of the relations in colonial society. The perspective shifts from the Dutch colonials to the colonized Indonesian people. The Rotterdam-based photographer Stacii Samidin photographed the series Merdeka!