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'Buona Fortuna' documents abandoned chapels in Italy

'Buona Fortuna' documents abandoned chapels in Italy

Lost faith

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After the Irpinia earthquake in 1980, Jorge Mañes Rubio and Gianluca Tesauro created Buona Fortuna, an ongoing photography project based on the destruction the natural disaster caused

In the summer of 2013, Jorge Mañes Rubio and Gianluca Tesauro travelled to Salerno, Italy, to capture the wrecking in several villages in the wake of the Irpinia earthquake in 1980. Despite its ancient history, the sites have remained completely abandoned since evacuation.

The places have not only been deserted, but also looted of their goods. Attempts to rebuild some of the villages have been made, but due to the lack of funding and corruption, the sites remain in a disintegrating state.

Magnificent chapels — some dating back to centuries ago — can be found hidden amongst the dead villages on top of the mountains of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento. Although most of the churches and chapels have been bricked up, Rubio and Tesauro still managed to photograph some. The beautiful images showcase the powerful religious symbols and  architectural elements, decaying in its crumbling surroundings.