A journal from my multiple travels and stays at the 'Marconi' squat, an abandoned building that hosts four hundred people, located in São Paulo's downtown, Brazil.
This scrapbook contains a mix of found objects, photographs, collages and small stories from daily life as a transitory resident in the building, in a collaborative construction with the people from 'Marconi', in between 2013 and 2017
The text reads: "Me ajuda a pagar uma promessa" (Help me to fulfill a promise) a quote extracted from a bracelet that is used to find new evangelical adherents.
A map that I made to show people in the squat, where and how Chile is in relation to Brazil.
Multiple archives and pictures from my trips between 2013 and 2016.
A short description about 'Abayomi,’ a traditional African doll made from rags tied in knots, by African women forced into slavery on ships to South America.
The text reads: "The first time I met Antonia it was in a stairwell in Marconi. It was the first portrait that I shot inside the building. It was also, the first photograph that someone had ever made for her."
Antonia at the window.
L: William's first day in the Squat / R: Nathaly.
The 'Marconi' building.
Collage with a photograph that shows a child's bed, over a school schedule recovered from the squat.
The text reads: "I used to call my family from that spot with free Wi-Fi. Also I called her. I was just another immigrant with a smartphone there...also, the best street food."
Pedro's Kung-Fu poses.
My room in the squat in 2016.
The text reads: "To Improvise, Overcome and Continue".