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  • "I wish there was color, I wish there was sound" Andrea Stultiens with Annika Felder [ed.] launched at Nederlands Fotomuseum
  • Ronja Driessen
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"I wish there was color, I wish there was sound" Andrea Stultiens with Annika Felder [ed.] launched at Nederlands Fotomuseum

The publication I wish there was color, I wish there was sound (concept & editing by Andrea Stultiens with Annika Felder) was released on May 30st at Nederlands Fotomuseum, where the eponymous exhibition opened on May 31st and will run through September 15th, 2024.

A museum must continually examine and question its collection, and this certainly applies to the Nederlands Fotomuseum with its collection of over six million images. Fortunately, we can rely on researchers and artists to bring our rich collection into the present with their unique perspectives.

Andrea Stultiens is one such artist-researcher, who has studied the legacy of Paul Julien (1901-2001) for years. Julien, known for his travels to equatorial Africa between 1932 and 1962, created extensive photo and film reports now housed in the Nederlands Fotomuseum and the Eye Film Museum. While extraordinary in variety and quality, his work is also problematic due to its colonial perspectives and controversial methods.

Since 2012, Stultiens has been re-examining Julien’s archive through her project Reframing PJU. She seeks to understand the value and impact of these photographs on the descendants of those portrayed and to explore what the Netherlands can learn about its views on Africa. By showing Julien’s work in its original contexts and connecting it to storytelling traditions, Stultiens adds deeper meaning to the images.

Stultiens shares her findings through social media and this publication, which accompanies the eponymous exhibition (May-September 2024) at the Nederlands Fotomuseum. Her work contributes to the decolonisation debate by offering a nuanced look at Paul Julien’s legacy. The museum is pleased to share how her initiative has enriched our collection with numerous perspectives.

Concept & editing by Andrea Stultiens with Annika Felder, photography by Andrea Stultiens, Paul Julien, Elsadig Mohamed, Canon Griffin, texts by Doreen Baingana, Birgit Donker, Esther Aminata Kamara, Nico de Klerk, Kermurl Fofanah, Guinevere Ras, Andrea Stultiens, final editing & proofreading by Willem Groene wegen, Petra ter Veer/Terveertekst, Will Boase, Eleonoor Jap Sam, translation by, Willem Groenewegen, Petra ter Veer/Terveertekst, Amar Jamal, graphic design by Kummer & Herrman, printing by NPN drukkers, lithography Marc Gijzen, reproduction & postproduction by Andrea Stultiens, Marc Gijzen, Nederlands Fotomuseum: Marwan Almokdad, Eelco Loode, Cengiz Mengüç, Mathijs van Oosterhoudt, commissioned by Birgit Donker, Director of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, project management by Bob Verbruggen, published by Jap Sam Books with publishing partner Nederlands Fotomuseum, Publicatiereeks Nederlands Fotomuseum, Reeksnummer: 9

Made possible by Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Gemeente Rotterdam, het Cultuurfonds, Wertheimer Stichting, stichting droom en daad, Vriendenloterij, Fonds 21, Nationale Nederlanden,  Mondriaan Fund, Fotomuseum Collectors Council.

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    Ronja Driessen
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