Abandoned? project

I spent over a year traveling 39,000 km with my partner Geppe Monrós, in a camper van, through 24 European countries. We were investigating and documenting abandoned places and the ways that they have been conserved, modified, recycled, occupied or forgotten. During this epic journey, we made over 40 hours of video, 30 interviews, 40,000 photos and a baby!

‘Abandoned?’ is a documentary film about the need to re-use abandoned places, a series of photographic exhibitions exploring their hidden beauty and stories of the abandoned and a number of workshops and debates that encourage discussion on the subject of Abandoned?

map of Abandoned? journey
A map of our journey through Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, U.K.

A touring event called Abandoned? Exposed is being planned and will include:

  • An exhibition of photographic work on the theme of ‘Abandoned?’ by Julia Clay and Geppe Monrós including large format photo-montages by Julia. There will also be work shown by invited artists, photographers, sculptors, and sound designers on the theme of ‘Abandoned?’
  • A screening of the documentary film, ‘Abandoned?’ directed by Geppe Monrós followed by an open discussion event where experts will be invited to discuss and answer questions from the public about their experiences, solutions and views on reusing abandoned places as well as conserving them.
  • Workshops on the theme of ‘Abandoned?’ that combine history, recycling and art that are suitable for both children and university students. The resulting work will be exhibited physically and virtually at the end of the workshop.


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