A Ghost Metropolis: The White Buildings of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Arnau Rovira is a photographer who discovered himself in Turkmenistan by chance. From Barcelona, he remembers the story of how he discovered himself in its capital, Ashgabat, accompanying sports activities journalists for the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games. This Central Asian nation, a former colony of the USSR, is thought not just for its strict entry and management restrictions but additionally for its white and golden buildings that create a futuristic metropolis close to the border with Iran.
“For a while, former President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a powerful need to set Guinness World Information and sought to construct as many white marble buildings as potential,” says Arnau Rovira. This ambition was supported by the nation’s wealth -one of the world’s largest reserves of fuel – which is more likely to quickly entice world media consideration. “Portraying the truth unfolding there by structure appears fascinating to me.”
Within the images, no persons are seen, solely immense buildings that seem empty, as if it had been a ghost metropolis. We additionally see a part of the development of the village and the Olympic stadium, which had an elevated railway however was apparently solely used briefly for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games occasion. In the mean time, there does not appear to be a transparent future for these amenities.
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The photographic report of Turkmenistan by Arnau Rovira is now featured within the photobook “A Trilogy of Uncommon Architectures” (Noom Books 2020). Along with the sequence “A Ghost Metropolis,” it additionally contains “Fantasia Resorts” and “Los Cholets,” distinctive buildings of Andean structure developed in Bolivia. If you’re , you should purchase “A Trilogy of Uncommon Architectures” on the following hyperlink.