The Past in the Present questions the way in which the representation of the past is constructed and sets out actively to devise innovative challenges to prevailing historical narratives. It started out as an annual lecture series, launched in 1999 by the Netherlands Photo Archives, Rotterdam (formerly known as NFA, now part of the Netherlands Photography Museum). Its initial aim was primarily to foster discussion about the meaning of archival images and found footage within a variety of art forms. Over the years, however, the emphasis has shifted from the reuse of historical images to questioning all representations of reality and problematizing received views on history.
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