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Counterpressure

Underground press during the Second World War

Commissioned by the Antwerp Municipal Library and the Institute for Social History (Amsab) [2004]

Scenography and production of exhibition; direction and production of film ‘Witnesses’

The underground press – texts produced by the resistance against the Germans and their allies during the Second World War – reveals a dramatic time during which democracy and human rights experienced a profound crisis. The underground press offers a striking illustration of the power of words and nonviolent resistance.

The exhibition ‘Counterpressure’ begins by confronting the visitor with official documents controlled by the occupier: carefully designed propaganda like the official journal Signaal, posters, and a jubilant film report on the 100,000th Belgian laborer to leave for Germany.

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Exhibition

The publications of the underground press are hidden in drawers and behind shutters, are only available ‘under the table’ – just as they were during the Second World War. In the silence of the small niches off the main aisle, striking citations from these clandestine documents are projected using slides. The themes handled in the citations – collaboration, food rationing, work opportunities, humor – are introduced by a photo and text outside the niche.

The exhibition forces the viewer to take a critical look at the media and the facts during times of war and occupation.

Film

A film eye-witness accounts by several former members of the resistance shows how men and women defended the freedom of the press in practice at the risk of their own lives, and how they made choices – often without knowing the actual consequences.

At the right, a film clip featuring Jeanne Brabants and Staf Vivys.

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Een initiatief van:
  • Stadsbibliotheek Antwerpen
  • An Renard Amsab
  • Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis
  • Martine Vermandere
  • De tentoonstelling vertrekt vanuit de collecties ’geheime pers’ of ‘sluikpers’ in de Stadsbibliotheek Antwerpen en van Amsab-Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis.
Concept
Inhoud
  • Bruno De Wever
  • Jan Laplasse
  • Karolien Steen
  • Gert De Prins
  • Dirk Martine
  • Roel Vandewinkel
  • Terenja van Dijk
  • An Renard
  • Martine Vermandere
Vorm
  • Terenja van Dijk
Vormgeving
  • Terenja van Dijk i.s.m. Randoald Sabbe
  • Met bijzondere dank aan de ateliers van Bijzondere Opdrachten van de stad Antwerpen
Audiovisuele producties
Regie en productie
  • Terenja van Dijk
Camera en geluid
  • Jess De Gruyter
Montage
  • Jess De Gruyter en Terenja van Dijk
Interviews
  • Gert De Prins
  • Jan Laplasse
Techniek diapresentatie
  • Ludo Engels (LEAV)
Techniek audiovisuele presentatie
  • Patrick Hermans (Sony)
Teksten
  • Bruno De Wever
  • Gert De Prins
  • Jan Laplasse
  • Karolien Steen
  • Terenja van Dijk
  • Martine Vermandere
Getuigen
  • Jeanne Brabants
  • Louise Reyniers
  • Gustaaf Vivys
  • Sylvia
  • Roger en Eddy Ceulemans
Publicatie
  • Tegendruk
  • Geheime pers tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog Redactie: Paule Verbrugge
  • Amsab
Met wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van
  • SOMA Studie en Documentatiecentrum Oorlog en Hedendaagse Maatschappij: Jan laplasse
  • Fabrice Maerten
  • Dirk Martin
  • Karolien Steen
  • Vakgroep Nieuwste Geschiedenis van de Universiteit Gent: Bruno De Wever
Partners
  • Archief –en documentatiecentrum van de verzetsorganisatie Witte Brigade - Fidelo
  • Met steun van Erfgoedcel van de stad Antwerpen
  • Tegendruk behoort tot het historische luik van Antwerpen Boekenstad ABC 2004