Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Watering with Dog, Rear entry, central courtyard garden.

Hotel Motherland documents one of the final abandoned hotels in the spa town of Tskaltubo turned into communal living for  refugees from the Georgia-Abkhazia wars.
Due to violent conflicts in 1992-93, 1998, and 2008, roughly 250,000 ethnic Georgians have become Internally Displaced Persons in the shifting landscape of the Caucasus states. They fled the spa-resort mountains of Abkhazia into  Georgia, hoping to find home but instead remaining without official status or aid.  Tskaltubo, a USSR-era spa town located in central Georgia, became a place of refuge to some, its once grand hotels abandoned in the wake of the Soviet collapse.
Now with a resurgence of the Georgian economy, Tskaltubo becomes a town under reconstruction. Hotels once home to Abkhazian communities are being bought up, gutted, knocked down. The refugees, displaced again, move on.
The photos here, taken inside one of these spa hotels, span multiple visits in 2018 and 2019.  Most haunting were the discreet items—a flour sifter, a pitcher, a set of chairs—positioned exactly as in months previous.  Sounds of life inside private bedrooms quietly penetrated the chalky halls, but the sense of hands touching ceramics or food or fabric felt ghostly.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Atrium door into living quarters.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Atrium door into living quarters.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Corridor into living quarters.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Corridor into living quarters.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Communal Kitchen.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Communal Kitchen.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Flour sifter in secondary kitchen.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Flour sifter in secondary kitchen.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Door to bedroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Door to bedroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Plastic bags, washed.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Plastic bags, washed.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Stairwell landing.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Stairwell landing.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Classic style of Georgian group chairs, found inside and outside in different finishes.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Classic style of Georgian group chairs, found inside and outside in different finishes.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Bedroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Bedroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Door to bedroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2018. Door to bedroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Orthodox wall hanging in corridor.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Orthodox wall hanging in corridor.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Kitchen doorstop against the wind.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Kitchen doorstop against the wind.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Stairwell looking down upon the garden and the north wing.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Stairwell looking down upon the garden and the north wing.
Abandoned Spa Resort, Inner Courtyard, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Water source.
Abandoned Spa Resort, Inner Courtyard, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Water source.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. View onto the north wing.
Abandoned Spa Resort, South Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. View onto the north wing.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Staircase.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Staircase.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Ballroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Ballroom.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Ballroom window looking upon the rotunda.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Ballroom window looking upon the rotunda.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. North wing complex.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. North wing complex.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Small living quarters in the north wing complex.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Small living quarters in the north wing complex.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. View upon the courtyard fruit trees.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. View upon the courtyard fruit trees.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Fruit trees.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Fruit trees.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Exterior wall.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019. Exterior wall.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019.  Rotunda.
Abandoned Spa Resort, North Wing, Tskaltubo, Georgia, 2019.  Rotunda.
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