Dulcis Domus

PrizeHonorable Mention in Photography
ArtistMirna Pavlovic

Dulcis Domus documents the many abandoned villas, palaces and castles found across the urban and rural areas of Europe, belonging to once affluent families. Most of these homes are concentrated in countries which held a precarious political position during the World Wars. First abandoned, they were appropriated by the ruling regime and then re-appropriated by the surviving members of the families after the conflict ended, only to once again be abandoned when the world entered post-war economic fluctuations. Too far away from the bustling cities of the new age and too expensive to be restored or maintained, a staggering number of them now stand abandoned and overgrown, often very difficult to reach.