In its heyday, the Polano Hotel was a holiday facility owned by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. At its peak, the Nowa Huta Steelworks office played host to the Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro. For his photographic series Edifice, photographer Karol Palka visited these two now abandoned buildings and captured their empty interiors. The sadness of these forgotten spaces is made all the more poignant by the feeling that their owners never expected this outcome – there’s almost a hubris about habitats in their assumption that they’ll be, well, inhabited. The guestbooks and sign-in sheets may tell grand tales, but Palka opts instead for an accumulation of small stories through minor details: chairs no longer sat on, desks no longer worked at, corridors no longer traversed.
Via Calvert Journal