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The decline of Grand European Villas by Photographer Mirna Pavlovic

The decline of Grand European Villas by Photographer Mirna Pavlovic
Sep
12
The decline of Grand European Villas by Photographer Mirna Pavlovic

Architectural photographer Mirna Pavlovic has an obsession with abandoned places. The decline of Grand European Villas by Photographer Mirna Pavlovic.

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For her, their appeal lies in their ability to exist on a different temporal plane from the rest of reality – both impossibly ancient and frozen in the present. It’s like living in a parallel universe.

“They are never truly dead, yet never really alive,” Pavlovic explains. “Precariously treading along the border between life and death, decay and growth, the seen and the unseen, the past and the present, abandoned places confusingly encompass both at the same time, thus leaving the ordinary passer-by overwhelmed with both attraction and revulsion.”

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Pavlovic trekked over fences and past “no trespassing” signs to capture the once-glorious villas, palaces, and castles of Europe that have now been left to decay, slowly returning to the Earth that existed before them. Through photography, Pavlovic attempts to highlight social issues through an aestheticized approach, allowing viewers to “see with fresh eyes what lies beneath those spots that we pass by on the street.”

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“As public space becomes privatised and the restriction of movement in urban environments increases, there is an overwhelming encouragement to avert the gaze,” Pavlovic explains. “The world is structured to guide us, with traffic lights, road crossings, paths and fences, designated areas for play, work, death. Crossing the border of imposed restrictions means to purposefully go against ingrained beliefs, to breach a loose social contract held together by a fear of punishment and a comfortable status quo.”

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“In the end, the acts of transgression and trespassing into abandoned spaces become equally as incongruous in nature as the spaces being explored. Wandering off the path, like the abandonments, becomes in itself an act that is both invisible and increasingly present. Both suppressed and flourishing. It becomes a desperate cry against the discouragement to see and experience, a cry for freedom in a world where everything is prescribed, regulated and expected.”

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“The homeless, the drug addict, the metal thief, the graffiti vagabond – these become our sisters and brothers in a self-imposed exile. To find a new home, we claim the ones that were once called by that name, reappropriating not only the structure itself but their own personal histories as well. In an almost carnivalesque manner, they become sites of our own search for context, meaning, and definition. These homes become grotesquely revitalised but remain within their own reality. In turn, we become vehicles of disparity, embodying and assimilating the otherness and the radical alterity offered by abandonments.”

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