Ghost-Town, the Abandoned Hotel Resorts in Sinai

Between 2002 and 2005, Haubitz + Zoche travelled the Sinai and documented abandoned hotel resorts. These ghost-towns are filled with unfinished hotel structures, isolated in the middle of the desert. Due to the instability of the region and dubious investments, these hotel sites were never completed. They are photographed as the sad consequence of a tourism policy of uncontrolled urban development. This series depicts a form of new archaeology, showing a bygone era, wich is the opposite of the pharaohs architecture.

La Description de l’Égypte: Antiquités, Volume V – Giza, Alexandria, Rosetta Stone

La Description de l’Egypte (The Description of Egypt), is the first encyclopedia devoted exclusively to Egypt. It is a work from Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, recounting the discoveries made during this scientific voyage. The fifth book of plates is La Description de l’Égypte: Antiquités, Volume V. It describes the pyramids of Giza, the city of Alexandria, and the Rosetta Stone.

Ukivok Island, The Ghost Village on Stilts

The geography of the Ukivok island is particular for an inhabited island. It’s 1.6km long and is mainly made up of steep rocky coasts and cliffs, without a beach, which makes landing difficult. The island has few natural resources, the animals are mainly birds, and the high vegetation is almost absent. Therefore it seems almost impossible to live there year-round, but for several decades Inupiat people lived on the island in unique houses on stilts.

Magritte, Day and Night

Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist playing with preconceived perceptions of reality. His works often present two graphic interpretations, by painting the visible and the invisible, a duality that makes all the richness of his work. This duality was explored when he put the day into perspective with the night in his paintings.

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