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What is displayed?

Each case study tells a story of falsification and deceit: from the alleged Donation of Constantine, manipulated biographies of medieval Christian saints, to forged works of art and counterfeit consumer goods. The exhibition presents a wide range of different objects, art works, images, and historically important documents, maps featuring imaginary territories, treatises on witchcraft and false evidence used to accuse a French artillery officer of espionage – the story that went down in history as the Dreyfus Affair. The final section of the exhibition, titled ‘Era of Post Truth?’ is an interactive space with games and videos, where visitors can become fact-checkers, decide on what gets published or censored and play around with an innovative ‘filter bubble’ to explore how social media work. The exhibition ends with an interactive timeline about Russian disinformation and an immersive artistic installation about the same topic in the context of the current war. All exhibits demonstrate something poignant and unique about how we want to understand the world or deliberately misrepresent it.

Visitor experience

The exhibition encourages the visitors to reflect on how falsehoods are told and fakes created and for what purpose. It also explains that thanks to critical approach, science or simple curiosity these falsehoods are, in the end, debunked. Fake for Real, offers insight into different meanings assigned to truth, fakery and proof throughout the ages.

The motives, strategies and tools deceivers and forgers use, emerge from specific political and social circumstances. Nevertheless, the human predisposition to believe in fakes, as well as the objectives behind deceiving others, seem to be universal. Thus, promoting media literacy, strengthening critical thinking through historical examples and providing the visitors with hints on how to tackle disinformation in this time and age are the key goals of the exhibition.

Press releases

Fake For Real at Teloglion Art Foundation, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Fake For Real at National Ethnographic Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria

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  1. Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation

    Thessaloniki, Greece

    02/02/2024 - 16/06/2024

  2. National Ethnographic Museum

    Sofia, Bulgaria

    16/07/2024 - 20/10/2024

  3. Open Society Archive

    Budapest, Hungary

    18/11/2024 - 16/02/2025