Marinos Tsagkarakis

Paradise Inn (Eng)

In recent decades, countless artificial "paradises" have been developed around the world, and their number still grows faster than ever before.

The tourism industry has drastically intruded on the land, transforming it into a product while causing several effects with a severe socio-cultural character. Destinations are in danger of losing their original appearance, structure, and identity through a standardization process that aims to satisfy the tourists' wishes. 

“Paradise Inn” aims to highlight the consequences of this massive and uncontrolled tourism development.  In Greece, as in Southern Europe in general, these effects are reflected on the constructed landscape mostly through the unregulated and shoddy architecture, kitsch and folklore decoration, the construction and adoption of artificial elements and entertainment structures, the falsification of identity and cultural heritage, the violation of the natural environment and finally the desolation that occurs after peak season.