“Totally Lost” the visual research of abandoned European totalitarian architecture on exhibition

Totally Lost is a collective photographic research project that has involved, in the last year, 186 international photographers and has mapped almost 300 dissonant places linked to Totalitarian Regimes, collecting over 2.600 photographs from over 25 nations.

 

Monumento della Rivoluzione, Podgarić (Croazia) © Mirna Pavlovic

Monumento della Rivoluzione, Podgarić (Croazia) © Mirna Pavlovic

 

What’s left of the architecture of the Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th century in Europe? Totally Lost is the project curated by Spazi Indecisi for European Cultural Route ATRIUM that maps the remains of the architectural heritage of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe through photography. A visual tale that explores these architectural spaces as fragments to be reconnected as democratic places. Ex-factories, party headquarters, military bases, bunkers, planned communities, memorials for a total of over 2.600 photographs, 25 nations and 186 photographers.


 

Practical information

“Totally Lost”
September 9 – September 25, 2016
Ex-Casa del Mutilato,
Via Piero Maroncelli, 3,
Forlì (FC), Italy

 


The online archive can be found at their site, and the mapping is still ongoing. Here you can see the photos of the buildings, learn their stories, and consult the map for research on the types of buildings, the nations, the state of conservation of the buildings.

 

Monumento di Buzludzha (Bulgaria) - © Kamren Barlow

Monumento di Buzludzha (Bulgaria) – © Kamren Barlow

Monumento di Buzludzha (Bulgaria) - © Kamren Barlow

Monumento di Buzludzha (Bulgaria) – © Kamren Barlow

 

The result is an exhibition that, before being brought to other locations around Europe, will take place from the 9th to the 25th of September 2016 in Forlì and surroundings, spread among three locations linked to the architecture of the Fascist Regime: Casa del Mutilato in Forlì, Acquedotto di Spinadello in Forlimpopoli and Casa del Fascio in Teodorano.

 

Sanatorio de Abades - Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spagna) © Joakim Berndes

Sanatorio de Abades – Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spagna) © Joakim Berndes

Sanatorio de Abades - Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spagna) © Daniel Sanchez

Sanatorio de Abades – Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spagna) © Daniel Sanchez

 

The European research, initiated by an open call, has investigated the relationship of these objects with the landscape, and the relationship with today’s social context, collecting and bringing to light very diverse places: factories, mines, power stations, government buildings, homes, places of propaganda and power, bunkers, resorts, radar antennas, monuments, memorials, planned communities, entertainment venues, Fascist compounds, sanatoriums, hospitals, and watchtowers.

 

Falso cimitero, Isola di Ratonneau (Francia) - © Leonardo Crociani

Falso cimitero, Isola di Ratonneau (Francia) – © Leonardo Crociani

Sbarramento di Pian dei Morti - Passo Resia (Italia) - © Marco Gioia

Sbarramento di Pian dei Morti – Passo Resia (Italia) – © Marco Gioia

 

Totally Lost is a research project that has involved, in two editions, almost international 400 photographers: the high number of participation represents the very meaning of the project and forces to wonder about how to envision these areas in the future.

 

Fabbrica di Cemento (Croazia) © Mirna Pavlovic

Fabbrica di Cemento (Croazia) © Mirna Pavlovic

Military base “Die Verbotene Stadt” – Wünsdorf (Germania) © Reginald Van de Velde

Military base “Die Verbotene Stadt” – Wünsdorf (Germania) © Reginald Van de Velde

 

TOTALLY LOST TERRITORIAL RESEACH PROJECT

Other than being an international research project, Totally Lost tells the story of Romagna, as the birthplace of Benito Mussolini, a region rich with evidence of abandoned Fascist architecture: seaside holiday camps, private villas, fascist compounds, aeronautical industries and churches.

 

Hotel Igman (Bosnia) – © Anida Kreco

Hotel Igman (Bosnia) – © Anida Kreco

Bunker (Danimarca) - © Michael Jödicke

Bunker (Danimarca) – © Michael Jödicke

 

Two cultural itineraries have been created in a territory that is set up like an open-air museum: “Totally Riviera”, a voyage to the coast through what remains of eight Fascist-style colonies and “Totally Terra”, an itinerary that connects to inland buildings such as Case del Fascio, military industries, etc. These two maps will inspire the visitor to explore and learn about an dissonant territory whose future must still be decided.

 

Slovak National Gallery – Bratislava (Slovacchia) – © Trevor Patt

Slovak National Gallery – Bratislava (Slovacchia) – © Trevor Patt

Bunker (Danimarca) - © Michael Jödicke

Bunker (Danimarca) – © Michael Jödicke

 

SPAZI INDECISI

Spazi Indecisi, the creator of this project, is a multidisciplinary collective that, since 2010, has operated to give value to abandoned spaces. Initiating minor urban regeneration processes by means of renovations that encompass and hybridize different contemporary styles, Spazi Indecisi transforms abandoned places into a field of inquiry and subjects of research for artists, photographers, architects, urban planners, landscape architects and citizens.


 

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