Derelict Decadence, a new exhibition that celebrates Glasgow’s decaying and forgotten buildings has opened in Skypark’s donated gallery space.
Italian photographer Alfonso Ramundo who has lived in Glasgow for 20 years has created a unique collection of photographs of the places in the City he has visited and explored including, Time to Drown – Govanhill Baths, Oblivion – Caledonia Road United Presbyterian Church by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson at New Gorbals, Falling (Fallen) Apart – recently demolished Gray Dunn Biscuit Factory formerly at Tradeston.
As a child, he had a fascination for abandoned houses in the countryside near his hometown. Since then, Alfonso has spent his life photographing old buildings, showing them in their present form – often neglected and forgotten but with a story to tell.
Alfonso Ramundo said: “The aim of this exhibition is to tell a story through pictures about buildings that, after serving our society for decades by holding various activities or businesses, are in time abandoned, forgotten about, and often demolished just to be replaced by fashionable creations. The subjects of these photographs range from businesses, hotels, private homes and anything in between.
“The inspiration for this comes from the same questions I have been asking myself since I was a little boy – Who lived and worked there? Why did they leave? Why was the building abandoned? Why did they never come back?”
Alfonso finished: “My work focuses on Scotland and Glasgow in particular as all of the constructions have a similar story. They often represent remarkable works of architecture which have been left to decay over the years and have been completely overlooked, sinking into oblivion and taking with them a piece of local heritage which can never be replaced. This exhibition will bring them back to life.”
Lisa Kirsop of Resonance Capital, who handles marketing and tenant services on behalf of Skypark Trustees comments: “Skypark, Scotland’s biggest business community is delighted to welcome Alfonso Ramundo. Our donated gallery was established in 2011, and has shown the work of over 50 established and up and coming artists to thousands of workers as they go about their business.”
“Derelict Decadence” is free and open to the public and will take place throughout July until 9th August in Skypark 1. Prints are available to buy at alfonsoramundo.photoshelter.com or visit Alfonso.Ramundo.Photography (Flicker), Alfonso Ramundo (Facebook).
To find out more on exhibiting Skypark’s donated gallery please contact: email@example.com.