2009 w/ Suzanne Valkenburg & Eefje Blankevoort
Promised Land is a web documentary on the curious role of vacation parks in the Netherlands: a common refuge for asylum seekers, migrant workers and olympic athletes.
This documentary project deals with the fine line between leisure and survival. Once a holiday parc, now a resort for semi-permanent displacement.
During one year, writer/filmmaker Eefje Blankevoort, photographer Suzanne Valkenburg and myself visited frequently five different parks. The textual, photographic and audiovisual research is presented online and an installation version has been exhibited in both Amsterdam and Berlin.
The online visitor can choose to rent a vacation house for a certain period of time. During the 'booking procedure' the visitor is confronted with more unusual options, such as a semi-permanent stay over a period of 3 years. He/she then is confronted with a graphic map of the Parc, which shows certain key facts of the place. At the same time, a panel below reveals a more photographic setting of the same location. Once you dive into there, the hidden function of the Holiday Parc is revealed by means of documentary photographs, texts and a more historic context.