Monday, September 22

Disco Purgatorio - Photographer Antonio La Grotta

"The Italian photographer Antonio La Grotta has done what some intrepid ruin pornographer ought to have done years ago: he’s taken pictures of Italy’s abandoned discotheques. In the boom times of the eighties, these discos sprang up across the Italian countryside, shrines to saturnalia and synthesizers. Now there are purgatories where once there were infernos. La Grotta describes these edifices as 'fake marble temples adorned with Greek statues made of gypsum, futuristic spaces of gigantic size, large enough to contain the dreams of success, money, fun …' ”
The Paris Review (Video)
Antonio La Grotta
Slate: The Crumbling and Abandoned Remains of Italy’s Once-Grand Discotheques