words by Kayla Chobotiuk
Mongolia is a country divided by two kinds of people. There are those who retain a traditional nomadic lifestyle and those who strive for a more modern life. Photographer Michele Palazzi’s Black Gold Hotel is a long term project about the impact of modernization in Mongolia.
In the last few years, Mongolia has experienced a boom in their economy, thanks to the large mining industry. The country is now developing at an extremely rapid pace. Because of this accelerated (and deregulated) development, local populations and traditional ways of life—based on ancestral, nomadic herding—are undergoing a crisis. Many families have left behind long-held traditions in the countryside, for the promise of riches that the cities hold.