The Unexpected Guest

  • Photographer
    Francesca Pagliai
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studios
    Francesca Pagliai Fotografia

In architectural voids, subjects experience time, inhabiting them, defining spaces between architectural objects. In March 2020, I couldn't resist the desire to photograph Absence in the silence of an empty hotel. Emptiness as denied space waiting to be occupied. An “unexpected guest” had catalysed a process that had been going on for decades, and the empty interiors of hotels had suddenly become the sounding board for old questions about the meaning and sustainability of mass tourism. This project was born from the hope that the pandemic could reverse the processes of touristification.

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