You’re going to think that I am Austrian-obsessed lately, but the serie Fake Holidays of Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler really made me smile. It brings back to mind the irrational (for me at least) behind going to the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, or skiing in Dubai.
Reiner Riedler’s project takes a photographic look at those people going on vacation in simulated environments, such as theme parks. Superman over the red Square in Turkey. A fake tropical island in Germany. A winter beach in Florida. There are plenty of ways to pretend to escape.
While we can laugh, on the surface, at the extreme cheesiness of such holidays, Riedler’s approach is in fact quite humanistic. In his own words, he’s interested in the yearnings and dreams underlying people’s daily lives. He will be part of a group exhibition at Beaubourg in Paris this spring, titled Dreamland. And he also has published a book about this work, in 2009.