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Eleanor Cleasby

Pure breed Belgian Blue. Cinay, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'

College/University: London College of Communication
Course Level/Title: MA Documentary Photography
Date: 2008

The Great Forgetting explores King Leopold II’s legacy in Belgium. Leopold’s reign (1885 – 1908) was defined by his country’s brutal exploitation of the Congo. Using profits made from the Congo’s rubber and other natural resources to realise elaborate building projects, Leopold became known as the ‘Builder King’. In Belgium, there is little reference to the genocidal crimes committed on his orders, estimated at 10 million deaths. In Adam Hochschild’s book ‘King Leopold’s Ghost’, the author refers to the omission of these atrocities in Belgium’s history as ‘The Great Forgetting’. www.penguinandchips.com
Pure breed Belgian Blue. Cinay, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
Pure breed Belgian Blue. Cinay, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
Henry Morton Stanley, Royal Museum for Central Africa. Tervuren, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
Tintin, Belgian Comic Strip Centre. Brussels, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
Chocolates, Neuhaus. Antwerp, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
Royal Museum for Central Africa. Tervuren, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
The Forêt de Soignes, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
King Leopold II’s toy ship as a child. Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History. Brussels, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
European Parliament. Brussels, Belgium, from the series 'The Great Forgetting'
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