The unimaginable afterlife of an deserted luxurious resort

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The Grand Lodge in Beira, Mozambique has had a unprecedented life: opened in 1954, it was a luxurious vacation spot with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and cinema. Closed in 1963 and brought over for political functions through the nation’s conflict of independence, it now homes just a few thousand squatters – a few of whom are the third technology residing there.

Mozambique photographer Amilton Neves Cuna documented the area, and the folks residing there, in his fascinating challenge Grand Lodge. On this video, he talks about what drew him to the constructing, and what its historical past can inform us concerning the affect of colonialism. “Pictures ought to concentrate on… constructing a story, telling the unknown – making an attempt to deliver new tales to the world,” he says.

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