Exhibition: Totally Lost 2016
9-10-11, 16-17-18 and 23-24-25 September 2016, Spazi Indecisi, Italy
DATE: 25/9/2016
‘Totally Lost in 2016´ was an exhibition-project which emerged from the visual research on abandoned European totalitarian architecture. The project was promoted by Spazi Indecisi with the collaboration of Rotta Culturale Europea ATRIUM. The association, which consists out of a multidisciplinary team, promotes the valorization of abandoned spaces since 2009. The collective participated in a research project that allows you to rediscover the territory in order to gain awareness of its potential, pushing us to rethink the building and as a progressive "recovery symbol". The project has documented about 300 "uncomfortable" places (over 2,600 photos collected from 25 countries); the remaining architecture built by totalitarian regimes in Europe during the twentieth century.

On the one hand, the photos show the richness and variety in terms of the consistency of construction of factories, sports facilities, marine colonies, military bases, commemorative monuments, foundation towns; on the other hand, they are investigating the current relationship between the buildings and the immediate landscape and social context. All artifacts are abandoned, caused by the wind of history that has wiped out the original logic, and only has preserved empty structures. The exhibition, just as the immense heritage census in the making, has its own take on urban regeneration: it suggests possible reuses of temporary buildings which can return to the community as "new and democratic" spaces.

Hosted in Hungary in 2013 and in 2014 in Luxembourg, the traveling exhibition was for its 5th edition in Italy and lasted until last 25 September. The exhibition was divided in three exhibition sites in the Province of Forlì-Cesena: Casa del mutilato, Forlì, the former aqueduct di Spinedello, Forlimpopoli and the former home of Fascio di Teodorano in Meldola: all were unused places where the research project and regeneration took place. In the particular case of Spinadello, there were scheduled sidelines of the exhibition (camping, bird watching, astronomical observations, walking) proposed as possibilities for the “light” re-use for the enhancement of the environment.

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