is dedicated to my late wife Leny Derksen Vaessen


Geldropseweg 63 | 5611 SE | Eindhoven |


8 september - 12 oktober 2019 

Opening exhibition and book presentation 

8 September 2019 

15.00 hrs.

Welcome Penningsfoundation Eindhoven            

Introduction by Corinne Noordenbos 

Live music by Ernst  & Luna Jansz and Jos Wigman 

Theo Derksen on Disneyfication


‘Disneyfication’ is a visual photographic investigation into how ‘ordinary’ reality is disguised and hidden as our public spaces are changed through the intervention and use of imagery. 

Theo Derksen explores the process through which our public spaces have become increasingly globalized and homogenous, not just in their structures but also in their use of imagery. More and more, the spaces have acquired the characteristics of an amusement park. New places are created to enable people to experience a more perfect version of reality – places which are easy to understand and appear safe for everyone. As far as is possible, problems such as decline, poverty and traffic congestion are eliminated and the environment is arranged in a way that stimulates people’s behaviour in their drive to consume.  

Theo Derksen is a Dutch photographer who has received several awards including the Kodak Award, a Polaroid sponsorship, The Amsterdam Art Foundation Grant and the Limburg Art Grant. After studying Photography and Audio Visual Design he worked as a trainee with Magnum photographer Ernst Haas before becoming a photojournalist for several Dutch newspapers and magazines. In 1990 he became an associate professor in photography and research at University Zuyd Art Department and later Head of Visual Communications. He has also been a visiting professor at many major educational establishments.

The book includes an interview with Francine Houben, creative director and founding partner of Netherlands-based Mecanoo Architects. Perhaps best known in the UK as the architect of Birmingham Library, she is currently involved in the refurbishment of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. and the New York Public Library.        Dewi Lewis 2019.


edited and designed by Teun van der Heijden. 


Dewi Lewis


 Francine Houben 

by Jan Bierhoff and Theo Derksen

 Theo Derksen 

by Jan Bierhoff


Jan Bierhoff


Sebastiaan Hanekroot 

Colours and Books


The book and photographs are presented and for sale at Pennings Foundation Eindhoven

Soft back with dust jacket.
£35.00 UK / $50.00 USA / € 39,00

160 pages, 69 colour plates, 287mm x 205mm 

FOTODOK BOOK CLUB 3 oktober2019. 

Gasten zijn: Samuel Fosso, Ilvy Njioiktjien, Csilla Klenyanszki en THEO DERKSEN. 

De FOTODOK Book Club is een live talkshow waarin fotograaf en fotoboekenliefhebber ROB HORNSTRA op het podium in gesprek gaat met makers van fotoboeken: fotografen, ontwerpers en uitgevers worden aan de tand gevoeld over hun laatste project. Internationale gasten van allure vertellen over het verhaal achter hun laatste project en over de keuzes die ze gemaakt hebben bij het tot stand komen van hun publicatie. Levendige gesprekken met af en toe een kritische noot gegarandeerd.

Theo Derksen - photography & storytelling

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