Homes on Hold

Traces of Unfulfilled Dreams


Reflection on the Poetry of the Uncompleted: Approaching the reality of single-family houses that were never finished and inhabited through photos as well as conversations and research.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from November 2022.

ISBN: 9783716518694 Category:

Gabriel Mauron


At first glance, this illustrated book appears to present a mishmash of the widespread, in some cases unauthorized, unfinished buildings that make a decidedly striking mark on the barren landscape of southern Italy – without which something would almost be missing. On closer inspection, these symbols of stagnation are thought-provoking, a fact that is addressed in this book: from an anthropological-cultural and socio-economic level, via architecture and esthetics, to the existential foundations of life plans and their fragility.

In most cases, the stories behind the building projects have been lost forever. Driven by the idea that houses and people belong together, the author always portrays someone, usually from the neighbourhood, in front of or next to it. Curiosity, anger or simple disregard, pity for the owners or incomprehension about the failure of the building authorities – Gabriel Mauron spoke with each of them about their personal view of the monuments of the abandoned with which they, in a sense, live together.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 19 x 24 cm
Publisher name bnb media gmbh, Zurich
Publication date 29 November 2022
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19 x 24 cm
Weight 300 g


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Gabriel Mauron is a passionate self-taught photographer based in Switzerland. As a creative director, he has collaborated with many photographers, directors and creatives that were a great source of inspiration. His work deals with the way human beings adapt themselves to their environment and the direct impact this has on the landscape. To do so, he looks for circumstances when expectations and reality collide.