|Photographic series: No-Man's-Land|
The physical horizon which extends 16 kilometres from our retina and
which used to define not only landscapes but also what is new to come,
is disappearing in today's urban landscape. This disappearance is best
seen in the theme park Madurodam or any other kind of Disney-esque no-man's-land.
On another level, Madurodam is an anthropological monument built in the 50s to commemorate the West Indian born wartime hero - George Maduro, a monument which meant, at the same time, to represent the best of George Maduro's fatherland. In a 1:25 scale, the Madurodam city has amassed a vast array of the country's leading landmarks over the years and The Dutch Queen Beatrix was once the mayor of this simulated city. Thus Madurodam is, properly speaking, not a miniature model, but living simulacra that works. In that, the trains, automobiles, ships and aircrafts (though they never take off) shuffle around year in year out, and seagulls squawk and nest among the plastic people who never move. In my opinion Madurodam oscillates between being a kind of artificial Lilliput and (more seriously) the representation of the Dutch imaginary - how the Netherlands ought to look like and what is the best Dutchness. In this sense No-Man's-Land can be read as a mockery of the 'glossy portfolio' of the national representation.
No-Man's-Land, etymologically, means a bordering area that no one owns
and no one controls. As a title it suggests a place somewhere between
the real and the unreal, between the reality and the imaginary. Also
reading literally, it is a place where no one lives.
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