Yves Marocchi is an urban explorer from France who sneaks into disused factories, jails, hospitals et cetera to document industrial decay. After de-industrialisation forced many industrial complexes to shut down three decades ago in France (and other countries in the world) these carcasses of concrete are now left behind in disuse, forbidden from public access due to health and safety issues.

Parisian metal band, Danishmendt, used Marocchi’s artwork after witnessing a documentary of East Saint-Louis. Photos were used for their third album, Un passé aride, which conceptualises a near future where the world will be a East Saint-Louis, a place where social and racial segregation is widespread and the abandonment of these industrial complexes mirrors the masses’ increasing obsoleteness under an alienating world of globalisation.

Visit Yves Marocchi’s website.

Visit Danishmendt’s website.

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