A Contrived PastKorrie Besems
Korrie Besems documents this new urban landscape in her photographs. The guiding principle is the need to show the artificial and unnatural transformation process of the densely populated Netherlands. Our country has been self-made already for centuries by land reclamation, the struggle against water, a close-knit infrastructure and good housing. The Netherlands is designed in every detail to every farthest corner of the land but even so, partly due to international pressure, it constantly soon gets turned upside down again. Subsequently the 'shelf life' of landscapes and residential areas seems to be becoming shorter and shorter. The question arises of what this means for the general historical consciousness as well as the cultural value and meaning of earlier developments in architecture and urban planning.
Besems's sharply-focused photographs betray an ambiguous attitude of disgust and admiration and with that acquire multiple meanings. Besems tries to unravel the resistance to the neo-traditionalism and place it in perspective.
Bernard Hulsman has written an essay for this publication in which he investigates why neo-traditionalism has been able to grow into such a widespread phenomenon in the Netherlands; the land of an unbroken modernist tradition in architecture.
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- Korrie Besems
- Bernard Hulsman
- graphic design
- paperback | 140 pp | 21.5 x 34 cm
- 9789059731042 english edition
9789059731035 dutch edition
- € 29.50