Monday, June 14, 2021

"Fake For Real"

I just received a catalogue for the show Fake For Real, A history of Forgery and Falsification. The show is on display in the House of European History. It's a project of the European Parliament.

One of the posters from my collection of posters for the Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition in Belgrade in 1941 is included. It's part of the show titled A Fake Conquers The World, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Here is a short quote of the organizer explaining the show:
"In the routine of daily life, the sensational, spectacular and supernatural are sweet seduction. They allow us to escape the ordinary. But the game of deception is only fun when we have agreed to it. When we are deliberately deceived, we are on the losing side in many regards, losing our money, credibility, integrity or even our existence.

While the current quantity of (dis)information is unprecedented, the problem is an ancient one. History is filled with countless examples of fake masquerading as real. The Trojan Horse, a mythological archetype of deception, symbolically links ancient history to very contemporary problems of the internet-dominated world.

From the lessons of the past, a roadmap can be pieced together: one that lets us wander into the realm of the fantastical and fabricated when we want to, while providing an exit strategy for when we are ready to return to reality."


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