WALLS MEMORIES ROBERT POLIDORI AT HOTEL PETRA
December 10, 2015
Once grand, Hotel Petra, Beirut remained concealed for 23 years and over this time slowly, quietly, beautifully deteriorated, taking on a different persona. It is this form of decaying evolution that captivated the acclaimed photographer, Robert Polidori whose work has been shown in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Through Polidori’s series entitled Hotel Petra, he presents interior shots of a building that lived through the violence of the Lebanese civil war, and the natural processes of decay. Much more than views of an interior though, these photographs explore the “memories of the walls” and the consequences of social, historical and political changes on a concrete form.