The unimaginable afterlife of an deserted luxurious resort

The unimaginable afterlife of an deserted luxurious resort

The Grand Resort in Beira, Mozambique has had a rare 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 in the course of the nation’s struggle of independence, it now homes a couple of thousand squatters – a

The Grand Resort in Beira, Mozambique has had a rare 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 in the course of the nation’s struggle of independence, it now homes a couple of thousand squatters – a few of whom are the third era residing there.

Mozambique photographer Amilton Neves Cuna documented the area, and the folks residing there, in his fascinating mission Grand Resort. On this video, he talks about what drew him to the constructing, and what its historical past can inform us in regards to the impression of colonialism. “Images ought to give attention to… constructing a story, telling the unknown – making an attempt to deliver new tales to the world,” he says.

Video by Zuri Obi; edit by Zuri Obi and Ana Catala.

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