With gravestones stretching out as far as the eye can see, Wadi Al-Salaam, which translates as Valley of Peace, is an ancient Islamic cemetery near the holy city Shiite city of Najaf and is actually, the world’s largest. An estimated 500,000 additional bodies are buried at Wadi Al-Salaam every year, however in recent weeks the figure has been even higher due to victims of the country’s bitter civil war.
Sam Laughlin, Four Photographs from the Series “Frameworks”, (Published in limited edition book form by The Velvet Cell in 2014)
Across Europe, people find buildings that lie unfinished, some are skeletal in form and purpose. These concrete forms represent a stage of the architectural process that, in their case, may never be completed. Here we see architecture paused; construction has ceased and we are left with the bones of buildings in stasis.
In this state, the architectural lineage is revealed by their resemblance to the remains of classical structures. Incomplete for political and economic reasons, they have become the ruins of modernity.