HOTEL MONTE ROSA

PhotographerPAULA ABREU PITA
PrizeFine Art / Architecture_FA
Entry Description

Hotel Monte Rosa is a series of photographs of a hotel located in downtown Madeira, Portugal, that was once owned and managed by my grandfather. The small four-story hotel operated for 50 years, accommodating tourists that wanted to stay at the heart of the island. Hotel Monte Rosa was a place full of life, with people roaming the hallways and sleeping in temporary beds. Unfortunately, in 2008 the hotel had to close down as the economy collapsed and it became harder to compete with large hotel chains constructing modern buildings. Moreover, my grandfather┬┤s health started to deteriorate and he had to move back to Venezuela, where the rest of his family resides. These photographs resonate with the silence of lonely, void spaces, consumed by the passage of time. The soul of this place departed with its last occupants and its owner, who had lived in the hotel and dedicated his life to its success. Its abandonment is evident in the deterioration of the empty interior spaces. The rooms are now occupied only by the trace of human presence. Liquor bottles remain half full at the hotel bar and telephones remain on each night table as if waiting for a call that will never come. Hotel Monte Rosa is a reminder of the impact of globalization, which can lead to the decay of traditional small businesses. But above all, it is a refuge to memories. It represents the end of a chapter in my family history, marked by the loss of its patriarch and the detachment of its heirs.