The Grand Lodge in Beira, Mozambique has had a rare life: opened in 1954, it was a luxurious vacation spot with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and cinema. Closed in 1963 and brought over for political functions throughout the nation’s struggle of independence, it now homes just a few thousand squatters – a few of whom are the third era dwelling there.
Mozambique photographer Amilton Neves Cuna documented the house, and the individuals dwelling there, in his fascinating undertaking Grand Lodge. On this video, he talks about what drew him to the constructing, and what its historical past can inform us in regards to the impression of colonialism. “Pictures ought to give attention to… constructing a story, telling the unknown – attempting to convey new tales to the world,” he says.
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