Pride Photo exhibition damaged on purpose in Vlissingen
Pride Photo is furious: on the night of May 3rd to 4th, 2022 the exhibition ‘Celebrating the Unseen’ of Pride Photo in Vlissingen was damaged irreparably. Five panels were sprayed with red and green graffiti. It concerns the works of photographers Prins de Vos, Robert Siegelman, CrazinisT artisT, Robert Coombs, and David Těšínský.
“It is not vandalism, but motivated destruction on purpose. For me, it proves the right of existence and the necessity of our exhibition” says Hein-Jan Keijzer, director of Pride Photo. “With this exhibition, we want to make people think about diversity and start a discussion. We also do this with some controversial photos. I understand that they provoke reactions from people who think differently. I would love to have a substantive discussion with them. But this demolition is absolutely not part of that debate. We are very angry! I would like to call on those who were brave enough to do this to come forward and talk to us.“
For Pride Photo it is again clear why
HELP TO REPLACE THE PICTURES
Pride Photo is determined to continue with the national tour of the 2022 exhibition, which will travel throughout the Netherlands until the end of December. After Vlissingen, the destroyed panels need to be replaced. The foundation is not insured for the costs of this. Therefore, people are asked to make a contribution to make this possible, so the photos can be shown in the rest of the Netherlands as well.