Silenced / Prisoners of Consciousness
Amnesty International and Loevestein Castle (NL)
Temporary Exhibition 2023
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”
-So don’t do Nothing!”
Alexei Navalny (quoting John Stuart Mill)
In collaboration with Amnesty International Netherlands and Loevestein Castle, MAF.Studio has codeveloped and designed an activating and interactive narrative journey.
In the beginning of the Journey the guests learn about the history of silencing political opponents by incarceration under false claims.
Throughout the whole exhibition, the texts are "censored" and the guests must take action to be able to read them.
After this the guests enter the space in the castle where prisoners were held. For this exhibition, we transformed it to an abstract prison with 5 cells. The dramatic music of the Russian cellist Maya Friedman is playing in the background while the light from within the cells cast overlaying patterns of captivity.
The visitors can enter the cells by pushing the bars aside and "meet" one of the 5 representative cases of "Prisoners of Conciousness"
Each prisoner is represented with a video portrait and one of their books.
The guests pass by a chair made by Dutch designer Maarten Baas for Amnesty International, symbolizing hope for escaping political imprisonment.
After the confronting experience of the situation of Prisoners Of Consciousness, the guests enter a space that is showing that everywhere in the world, people are protesting and taking action....
Highlighting the current campaigns of Amnesty International the guests are invited to take action themselves within the exhibition and beyond.
The final space of the exhibition ends on a hopeful note. Protests and actions can be successful! The guests meet a number former Prisoners of Consciousness that have been freed with the support of Amnesty International. In the center of the space Hugo de Groot tells the story of his escape from captivity on Loevestein Castle 400 years ago, in the famous book-chest.
Beeld & Beweging - AV productions
Maya Friedman - Spatial Sound
Planemos - Exhibition build
Flink - AV Hardware
Philip Stroomberg - Graphic Design
Mike Bink - Photography
Lars Van Troost - Amnesty International