Dark Tourism (2017)

Every year, so-called "Reenactors" come together to re-stage historical events of the Second World War along the Ardennes in Belgium.

Between tanks, Nazi symbols, fake weapons and patriotic folk songs, "extraordinary" battles between the German armed forces and the Western Allied armies get recreated.


"Dark Tourism" deals with the question of what drives a person to imitate such events: Historical interest? The glorification of war? Own ideological currents?

It documents the fine line between fiction and reality, amusement and seriousness. The losses, the horror and the tragedy of war can not be reproduced, because death on the battlefield is not playable. It is a "germ-free" version of the story.

A soldier's life as an experience factor.


All photographs © 2020 Lukas van Bentum