• Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

The Royal Library’s exhibition “Kent Klich: Gaza Works” – Propaganda work?


Journalist Bent Blüdnikow (BB) reported on 16 April 2018 in Berlingske Tidende a new photo exhibition about Gaza, called “Kent Klich – Gaza Works”. The photographer is a resident of Sweden, Kent Klich, who has been photographing in Gaza since 2001. The texts for the photographs were written by Kent Klich in collaboration with the curator Sarah Giersing – and a Swedish foundation, Hasselblad Foundation, whose purpose is to promote an interaction between science and photography at the highest level.

Sarah Giersing says in an interview with Bent Blüdnikow: “It is important for us to show a photographer who describes what it is like to live during a war and during a blockade. What is it like as a human being to live under these conditions. ”The director of the Royal Library, Svend Larsen, says in a follow-up article by Søren Schauser:“ The Royal Library has no views on the political situation in the Middle East. Everyone knows that sometimes terrible things happen between the people down there. And the exhibition is about those people. “

So far so good. And when exhibiting human suffering, it is common to tell something about the context in which the suffering is part of. Thus also in the exhibition “Gaza Works”.

But what are some stories? In the interview and in a follow-up article (The Royal Library rejects criticism of the exhibition: “We do not deal with propaganda”), Giersing, Larsen, and Klich agree that the exhibition is not about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at all.

So what? BB points out the following – without any of the exhibitors challenging the accuracy of these observations :

“Israel’s attacks are mentioned time and time again in connection with the Palestinian accident, so the public must conclude that it is the aggressive Israelis who are behind the tragedy.”

“When the blockade, which is partly to blame for the misery in Gaza, is mentioned, it is described as Israeli, but the text does not mention that Egypt is also involved.”

And what about Hamas? BB comments:

“There is not a word about missile attacks on Israel, about terrorist attacks via tunnels, about Hamas ‘murderous policy towards its own people, about cooperation with Iran, about Hamas’ systematic exploitation of naive Western journalists and artists to advance their propaganda to The West “… however, there is one text that mentions Hamas – Sarah Giersing highlights one of the texts:” After the militant Islamist organization Hamas came to power in Gaza in 2007, the area remains under Israeli blockade. “

Does Giersing think that the blockade (which, incidentally, is legal and endorsed by a number of international organizations) is an assault on an innocent organization?

Perhaps the reader can understand why Bent Blüdnikow asks: “Is the Royal Library propagating for Hamas?”. And why he worries:

Kent Klich is part of a political context with Hamas, and the Royal Library, a state institution paid for by its citizens, conveys Hamas’ views. It is not just relevant to our perception of the Middle East. The hatred of the Middle East has reached our own latitudes and is fueling the growing hatred of Jews in Europe.

With the exhibition, the Royal Library helps to intensify hatred of Israel and thereby the danger of increased anti-Semitism also in Denmark.

Notes, sources, and references (with links)

Thanks to Mette Thomsen for proofreading. Read her post “Gaza Works – or is it Hamas?”, which tells much more about Hamas’ responsibility for Gaza’s suffering – and emphasizes the Royal Library’s evasion of responsibility.

Photo: The Royal Library’s mention of the exhibition on the website .

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