Photography: Korrie Besems
Text: Peter Delpeut
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Size: 29 x 24.5 cm
Edition: 48 fc ills., 104 p.
Price: € 25,00
Landscape of plenty. Korrie Besems
From June 2010 to October 2011, Korrie Besems (b. 1961) photographed the border zones between leisure and everyday life: amusement parks, golf courses, shopping malls, holiday resorts and retail parks.
Over the past several decades, leisure has become big business. As a result, the claim the leisure industry makes on the landscape of the Netherlands entails long-term consequences for the quality and the appearance of that landscape. Because of changes in recreational needs, such as the growing demand for experiences, emotions and narratives, the requirements now stipulated for leisure landscapes differ from those of the past.
Free time is no longer the time when you ‘need nothing’, but the time when you ‘experience’ things. Partly because of this, the thematization of these landscapes is taking increasingly extreme forms. The Dutch leisure landscape, viewed through Korrie Besems’s lens, manifests itself as one big Land of Plenty, in which fantasy and fairy tales, in great sweeping gestures, have wiped out the history of our centuries-old cultural landscape.