September 8 - October 12, 2019
Time & location
8 September - 12 October 2019 | Pennings Foundation
Opening exhibition and book launch: Sunday, September 8, 15:00.
Introduction by Corinne Noordenbos, photographer and former head department Photography at KABK in Den Haag, and live music by Ernst en Luna Jansz and Jos Wigman.
Theo Derksen signaled a striking phenomenon in the streets around the world: making the environment more beautiful by showing wallpapers. Demolition areas, pieces of wasteland, construction pits, ugly residential areas and busy thoroughfares are increasingly being hidden by walls with images of beautiful architecture, beautiful landscapes or with glamour images of actresses and photo models. Ideal images create a fake reality, like sets in a film set. Theo Derksen therefore speaks of ‘disneyfication’.
That makes us curious about what has to be hidden from view. What is it that we are not allowed to see? We no longer have a free choice in what we see of reality. It is decided for us what we can see.
With his photos Theo Derksen infringes on the idealized world by showing unevenness: the cracks in the wallpapers, constructions that disturb the images or simply the fact that not all ugliness can be covered with photo walls. As if he wants to say that the world cannot be idealized.
Derksen has spent years researching the geographical distribution and various manifestations of the Disneyfication phenomenon in public spaces in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His conclusion is that geographical location is no longer relevant: the same images are popping up all over the world. Globalization is a fact.
In september his book Disneyfication will be published by Dewi Lewis Publishers, available in our book shop.
Theo Derksen (Geldrop, 1954) studied at AKV|St. Joost. He was head of the visual communication department of Media Design and Technology at Hogeschool Zuyd in Maastricht for years and gives workshops storytelling. He lives in Nederweert and published photo books, among other things, Ogenblikken (1993), Oorzaak-Gevolg (2008), Kind mijn kind (2016) and Disneyfication.