December 3, 2009 - January 3, 2010
China, Shenzhen; Themepark "Minsk World". The Aircraft Carrier was built in the 70s by the Russians. After that it was sold to the Chinese in the late 90s, who decided to bring the Ship from Russia to China to restore it and make a Themepark out of it. It now lies in the harbour of Shenzhen and attracts thousend of tourists.© Reiner Riedler
Turkey; Antalya; Lara Beach; World of Wonders, Kremlin Palace; Animator dressed as Superman© Reiner Riedler / Anzenberger
Germany; Indoor Pool "Tropical Islands" in Berlin Brandenburg;© Reiner Riedler / Anzenberger
USA, Florida, Orlando: Disney waterpark "Typhoon Lagoon"© Reiner Riedler / Anzenberger
In 2004, Austrian artist Reiner Riedler began a documentary project of photographing the environments and inhabitants of theme parks around the world. “Fake Holidays” transports viewers to the artificial landscapes of leisure destinations as varied as Florida, Turkey, and China. Riedler’s vivid images starkly illuminate the incongruities of tourists visiting sites such as a “tropical” resort near Berlin, an indoor ice-cave in Dubai, and the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas. His photographs shed light on how today’s consumer culture allows for fantasy to become reality in such extreme places.