Best Laid Plans
When an earthquake killed 231 people and left 100,000 more homeless in the Belice Valley, Sicily in 1968, two towns were completely destroyed, creating yet more ruins on an island that, since the heyday of the Grand Tour, has always attracted visitors in search of the architecturally picturesque. Poggioreale became a ghost town overnight, abandoned and eventually rebuilt just two miles away, Gibellina, little more than a pile of rubble after the earthquake, was moved 20kms, and totally rebuilt for 50,000 people, by a charismatic mayor with a utopian dream, and contractors more interested in quantity than quality. Now, New Gibellina is inhabited by just 5,000 souls, and stands as another monumental Sicilian lesson in hubris.
Sam Anthony • Daniela Conde Quinones • Hannah Dunsmore • Lucy Hunter • Gaby Matias-Valencia • Josh Murfitt • Debbie Naylor • Terrence Phearse • Hazel Vint • Tom Whelehan • Wo Xinyue •