Exiles | Wall is the first exhibition of the works of legendary Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka in the Netherlands in forty years. Koudelka’s eventful life largely determined the subject matter of his photography. In 1970, he fled his native country due and then lived in exile for more than 20 years. During this time, he roamed through Europe and continued to take photographs. His lifestyle, the landscapes he crisscrossed, and his encounters with people led to his unique photographic style that expresses a feeling of emptiness, loss and disorientation.
Two projects that exemplify this very clearly are his Exiles and Wall. Exiles crystallises his 20 years of wandering through Europe. For Wall, he began in 2007 to capture the impact of the wall between Israel and the West Bank on the landscape.
Although both projects came about in other times and in different places, their themes are the same: banishment, exclusion and suppression. Due to this strong similarity in content, these projects are now, and for the first time, being presented together in the Nederlands Fotomuseum. This exhibition provides not only insight into the work of this exceptional photographer but is also expressly intended to reflect our own era in which migration and the building of walls between peoples is highly relevant once again.
This exhibitions has been realized in collaboration with Magnum Photos Paris.