by Katerina Bon Vora in New Photography on Tuesday 31 January 2012

Abandoned buildings are like time capsules, especially if unseen and untouched for over 50 years. In Italy, Luca Blast Forlani’s Intruders: Urban Explorers video is a look into his illegal explorations of various abandoned spaces: from industrial-age factories, theatres, psych wards, and WWII bombed sites. Everything is left as it was then, even the dusty calendar marking the date hanging thinly on the crumbly walls. Some spaces are more recent (say 10 to 30 years ago) but with the lack of human interruption, and plants running wild, it feels like a post-apocalyptic premonition.